The Flaming Star Nebula is a diffuse nebula near the magnitude 5.8 star AE Aurigae. The nebula creates the impression that the star is burning, and this is how the nebula got its popular name. The Flaming Star Nebula, also known as IC 405 This nebula is both an emission nebula and a reflection nebula, like the Trifid Nebula. The blue portion of the nebula is a reflection nebula that reflects light from the bright star AE Aurigae. This nebula is located 2-1/2 degrees southwest of M38. The nebula is about 30 arc-minutes in diameter.
This image was taken from my backyard in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is an RGB color composite CCD image taken at prime focus on a Takahashi Epsilon 180ED telescope with an SBIG ST-8E CCD and CFW-8 color filter wheel.
RA: 5h 16m 29s Dec: +34d 21' 22" (J2000)
February 1, 2009
Image by Sid Leach
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