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 upper 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.
The image above is known as a mapped, or false, color image and was acquired using narrowband filters. It was assembled using the standard Hubble palette with SII mapped to Red, Ha mapped to Green and OIII mapped to Blue. Two separate images were acquired and assembled as a 2 panel mosaic.