IC 405 The Flaming Star Nebula

IC 405, Flaming Star Nebula

IC 405 The Flaming Star Nebula

Distance: 1,500 Light Years                             Telescope: Televue NP101 + .8 Reducer

Magnitude: 9                                                        Camera: QSI 683

Size:  30×20 Arc-minutes                                 Mount: AP 900

Age: Not Known                                                  Exposures: SII 17×1200, Ha 24×1200, OIII 18×1200

IC 405, also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, is a combination of emission and reflection nebula in the constellation of Auriga. The star AE Aurigae is surrounded by gas and appears to be on fire hence the nickname. AE Aurigae is the source illumination star that is ionizing the surrounding gas creating the emission part of the nebula. The light from this same star also reflects off the surrounding dust creating the reflection part of the nebula. It is thought that this star was originally part of the Trapezium cluster inside of the Orion Nebula and it is moving away at 62 miles per second.

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HSS Version: Ha 24×1200 + SII 17×1200:

IC 405, Flaming Star Nebula

IC 405 The Flaming Star Nebula

Ha Version: Ha 24×1200

IC 405, Flaming Star Nebula

IC 405 The Flaming Star Nebula

 

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