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Contains:  Flaming Star nebula, IC 405
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The Heart of the Flaming Star (IC405), 


The Heart of the Flaming Star (IC405)
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The Heart of the Flaming Star (IC405)

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Dates:Sept. 16, 2015

Frames: 8x600"

Integration: 1.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 2.87 days

Avg. Moon phase: 9.06%

Basic astrometry details job: 777277

RA center: 5h 16' 7"

DEC center: +34° 27' 10"

Pixel scale: 2.099 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 82.635 degrees

Field radius: 0.439 degrees

Resolution: 1200x910

Locations: Cherry Springs State Park, West Branch, Pennsylvania, United States


This image depicts the central portion of the Flaming Star, at the heart of which is the variable star HIP24575 or AE Auriga. This star is responsible for illuminating this wonderful nebula. This O-Type or Orion type variable is what is known as an eruptive variable star. It is approximately 1460 ly from Earth, and in theory, resulted from a collision of two binary systems, all tracing their roots back to Trapezium in the constellation Orion.



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