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

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


About This Image

Gear:

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

Description:

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.

Sources:

[1] stargazerslounge.com/topic/329803-the-flaming-star-nebula-ic-405/
[2] universeguide.com/nebula/wizardnebula
[3] reddit.com/r/astrophotography/comments/84rfan/

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



Location in the Night Sky



(Star Chart created using PixInsight)

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