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These two emission nebulae are located in the constellation Auriga, near to the galactic star cluster M38. The Flaming Star Nebula, IC 405, at right here, mainly surrounds the star AE Aurigae and gives the impression that the star is burning, hence its name. AE is a small-amplitude variable star, which illuminates a reflection and an emission nebula around it. The result of the overlay of reflection and emission nebula is a blueish cloud fading into the redder nebula in the area. AE Aurigae is one of the "runaway" stars whose proper motion can be traced back to the Orion belt area. IC 410 is located at left in this photograph; the open cluster NGC 1893 is embedded in IC 410. IC 410 resembles the Rosette Nebula in Monocerus, as it has a small star cluster in its central area, and also possesses a darker "hole" in the center, where the material has condensed into the star cluster.
IC 405 - Flaming Star Nebula, an enlargement of this photograph.
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