Click here for a higher-resolution image

This complex and colorful nebula is Sharpless 119 (Sh2-119) in the constellation Cygnus, located a couple of degrees east of the much more famous North America Nebula. This nebula is large - about two degrees in diameter - and surrounds the bright star 68 Cygni just above the center of the image. On the right side of the nebula are many dark Bok globules. This image was a 14-hour exposure with 4:5:5 hours of H:O:S.

This image appeared (full page!) in the December 2016 issue of Sky and Telescope magazine.