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Contains:  NGC 2024, The star Alnitak (ζOri)
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NGC 2024 Flame Nebula, 


            Jerry Macon
NGC 2024 Flame Nebula

NGC 2024 Flame Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 4656x3520

Dates:Nov. 4, 2019

Astrodon Gen 2 L 36mm: 128x120" (gain: 99.00) -12C bin 1x1
Astrodon Gen 2 RGB 36mm: 120x120" (gain: 99.00) -16C bin 1x1

Integration: 8.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 7.44 days

Avg. Moon phase: 50.63%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00 job: 3106341

RA center: 5h 41' 42"

DEC center: -1° 51' 32"

Pixel scale: 0.701 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 178.068 degrees

Field radius: 0.568

Locations: Dark Star Observatory, Taos, New Mexico, United States

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Non-commercial independent facility


Images from the following two scopes (piggybacked) contributed to this image:
AG12+ASI1600MM at .70 asec/pix (RGB)
TV127is+ASI183MM at .75 asec/pix. (L)
They were all registered to the best R image taken on the AG12.
This image was unguided.

The Flame Nebula, designated as NGC 2024 and Sh2-277, is an emission nebula in the constellation Orion. It is about 900 to 1,500 light-years away.

The bright star Alnitak, the easternmost star in the Belt of Orion, shines energetic ultraviolet light into the Flame and this knocks electrons away from the great clouds of hydrogen gas that reside there. Much of the glow results when the electrons and ionized hydrogen recombine. Additional dark gas and dust lies in front of the bright part of the nebula and this is what causes the dark network that appears in the center of the glowing gas. The Flame Nebula is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, a star-forming region that includes the famous Horsehead Nebula.

At the center of the Flame Nebula is a cluster of newly formed stars, 86% of which have circumstellar disks. X-ray observations by the Chandra X-ray Observatory show several hundred young stars, out of an estimated population of 800 stars. X-ray and infrared images indicate that the youngest stars are concentrated near the center of the cluster.



Jerry Macon
License: Attribution Creative Commons


  • NGC 2024 Flame Nebula, 


            Jerry Macon
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    NGC 2024 Flame Nebula, 


            Jerry Macon

Sky plot

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NGC 2024 Flame Nebula, 


            Jerry Macon