Waid Observatory

Object: IC405 - The Flaming Star Nebula

Date: Dec. 12,13,14, 2018   -   Location: Davis Mountains west of Fort Davis, TX
Telescope: Stellarvue 102-ED  Mount: MI-250   Camera: ST-8300M
Exposure: Ha = 180 min. - R = 160 min. - G = 180 min. - B = 160min.

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IC405 - The Flaming Star Nebula1

IC 405, also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, lies in the constellation Auriga at an approximate distance of 1,500 light-years.  The Flaming Star is an emission nebula excited by a bright, bluish, star designated AE Aurigae.  This star, located in the center part of the image above, is an O-type main sequence irregular variable dwarf with a magnitude between +5.78 and +6.08.  AE Aurigae has been determined to be a runaway star that may have been ejected from the Trapezium cluster in the Great Orion Nebula some two million years ago.


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