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Contains:  Flaming Star nebula, IC 405, The star 19Aur, The star 16Aur
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Flaming Star Nebula, 





    
        

            Chris Howard
Flaming Star Nebula

Flaming Star Nebula

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Resolution: 1024x775

Dates:Jan. 1, 2019

Frames: 48x300"

Integration: 4.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 25.25 days

Avg. Moon phase: 19.31%

Astrometry.net job: 2446770

RA center: 79.004 degrees

DEC center: 34.229 degrees

Pixel scale: 8.653 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 165.610 degrees

Field radius: 1.543 degrees

Locations: Home Observatory, North Hampton, New Hampshire, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

The star at the core of this nebula is the "Flaming Star", AE Aurigae, in the constellation Auriga (The Charioteer), and all the surrounding dust and clouds of hydrogen is called the Flaming Star Nebula (IC 405). This emission nebula is around 1500 lightyears away and it's fairly large, about 5 lightyears across (roughly 47 trillion kilometers or 30 trillion miles across).

What's interesting is that even though AE Auriga is lighting up the nebula, it was not formed there, but rather is a "runaway star" that was probably ejected several million years ago from star formation furnace in the core of the Orion Nebula. The star is moving quickly through the nebula producing "a violent bow shock and high energy electromagnetic radiation".

Frames: 23 x 300 seconds of Ha, 5 x 300 seconds of OIII (I was not picking up oxygen at all!), and 20 x 360 seconds of SII. Equipment: William Optics GT81 APO refractor, ZWO ASI1600MM-Pro monochrome camera (unity gain 139/21), Astronomik filters, iOptron CEM25P mount, INDI/Ekos/KStars running in Stellarmate/Raspberry Pi 3b+.

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Flaming Star Nebula, 





    
        

            Chris Howard