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Part of IC 405 - Flaming Star Nebula

 

IC 405

 

The Flaming Star Nebula, IC 405, 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 reflection nebula appears in a deep blue color while the emission nebula mainly shines in red light which is emitted by the Hα line of excited hydrogen. In some places the reflection and the emission nebula overlay which results in a magenta color.

IC 405 - Flaming Star Nebula, Wright-Newtonian photograph - enlargement.


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