The Cone Nebula, or NGC 2264, is a dark nebula located 2,500 lightyears away in the Monoceros constellation.
The nebula is 7 lightyears long and is packed full of dense gas and dust - the ingredients necessary for star formation - making it a perfect stellar factory.
This tempestuous deep-sky region contains scorching hot young stars that are eroding and carving out the dark nebula, also emitting blasts of powerful ultraviolet light that can be seen illuminating the edges of the dense cosmic cloud.
It too is a dense region of gas and dust and a prolific star-forming region.
Below is a selection of images of the Cone Nebula captured by BBC Sky at Night Magazine readers and astrophotographers from around the world.