Date: December 02,05,06,11, 2023

199 x 3 minutes
108 x 5 minutes
Total: 18hrs 57mins

About This Image


Telescope: Stellarvue SVX130T-R
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Camera: Player One Poseidon-C Pro
Filter: IDAS LPS-D3 • Player One Duoband Anti-Halo
Accessories: 3.5" Feathertouch • Stellarvue SFFX2
Guiding: Starfield 50mm Guide Scope • Player One Neptune 664C • PHD2
Software: Photoshop • PixInsight • TheSkyX • Starkeeper Voyager • GraXpert


The Flaming Star Nebula, also known as IC 405, is an exquisite emission nebula located in the constellation Auriga. At the heart of this nebula is the star AE Aurigae, a bright, hot star that emits energetic blue light. The Flaming Star Nebula is a captivating sight, with the star AE Aurigae passing through a particularly dusty region of space within the nebula[1][3]. This nebula is known for its stunning beauty and is a popular target for astrophotography. The intricate interplay of the hot star and the surrounding dusty region makes the Flaming Star Nebula a fascinating subject for both amateur and professional astronomers alike[2].

The Flaming Star Nebula, or IC 405, is an example of an emission nebula, where the ultraviolet light from a hot, luminous star ionizes the surrounding hydrogen gas, causing it to emit a characteristic red glow. This process creates the beautiful, intricate structures that are characteristic of emission nebulae. The Flaming Star Nebula is a relatively young and dynamic region of space, making it a compelling area of study for astronomers seeking to understand the processes of star formation and the interactions between stars and the interstellar medium[3]. The Flaming Star Nebula is a prominent and visually striking object in the night sky, and its unique features make it a captivating subject for both scientific research and artistic interpretation.



Distance: 1,500 light-years
Size: 5 light-years

Location in the Night Sky

(Star Chart created using PixInsight)


All Images    Craig Sherris