ic 405

 

 

The Details
Object
IC 405 The Flaming Star Nebula in Auriga
Optics
Takahashi FSQ-106 at f/5
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG ST-10XME
Filters
Custom Scientific 3nm Hydrogen-Alpha
Date
07 March 2004
Location
Red Cloud Road, Eastern Riverside County CA
Exposure
Ha 7 x 1800 sec 1x1 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Registar, CCDSharp, Photoshop
Orientation
Field of View: 01° 36’ x 01° 04’ centered on RA 05h16m19s
DEC 34°25’08”. North angle 160.3 °; east 90° CCW from north
Notes

This nebula is illuminated by the nearby blue variable star AE Aurigae (upper center in image). The proper motion of AE Aurigae suggests it to be a runaway from the Trapezium area of M 42 in Orion and not born of the primordial gas surrounding its current home. Passing through at a speedy 200,000 mph, AE Aurigae will eventually move on from its current position, relegating the Flaming Star Nebula to ultimately fade into oblivion. IC 405 is estimated to lie about 1500 light years distance from earth.

This monochrome Hydrogen-Alpha image was featured in Sky & Telescope's Beautiful Universe 2006 Edition, page 83, entitled "Flames Without Color".

 

 

 

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