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Contains:  Flaming Star nebula, IC 405, The star 19Aur
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IC405 Flaming Star Nebula, 


IC405 Flaming Star Nebula

IC405 Flaming Star Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 5315x3578

Dates:April 27, 2019

Frames: 50x30"

Integration: 0.4 hours

Avg. Moon age: 22.65 days

Avg. Moon phase: 44.66% job: 2683541

RA center: 79.069 degrees

DEC center: 34.310 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.427 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 339.017 degrees

Field radius: 1.270 degrees

Locations: Home, Houston, TX, United States

Data source: Backyard


This star is on FIRE! IC405 also known as the Flaming Star Nebula doubles as an emission and reflection nebula; emission because the ionized gases which make it up emit light at different wavelengths (as evident in the red and light blue ripples at its center) and reflection because it reflects the light from the star AE Aurigae (the bright star in the middle of the image). The Flaming Star Nebula is 1,500 light years from Earth and approximately 5 light years across.

This is my favorite nebula to image thus far. It proved to be a challenging target given that it's not very bright (magnitude 10.0) which made it difficult to locate and center in the frame (the light pollution I deal with on a nightly basis didn't help either!). The blue and red at the center truly make it appear as though AE Aurigae is keeping us warm with a camp fire in the night sky.



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IC405 Flaming Star Nebula,