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IC405 - Flaming Star Nebula


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         Object IC405 - Flaming Star Nebula
         Comment The Flaming Star Nebula (IC405) resides in the constellation Auriga and is a very active star forming region. It consists of both emission and reflection nebula properties.

The nebula's name comes from the rippling dust and gas lanes surrounding the bright star AE Aurigae (centre of frame) which provides an appearance that it is on fire. While the nebula predominately consists of red hydrogen gases, it is also laced with a carbon-rich dust which provides a unique blue tone as light is reflected off the particles. IC405 lies approximately 1500 light years away.

The image is a LRGB composite.
         Optics Takahashi TOA-150 F/7 (1050mm FL)
         Camera SBIG ST10XME (NABG) - 1x1 bin (image scale: 1.33 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Paramount GT1100s
         Exposure Total exposure time: 3.5 hours (L:80min,R:45min,G:45min,B:45min)
         Date 21/02/2008


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