IC 405, the Flaming Star Nebula


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Obj Type
Location
Date Taken:
Menaker
IC 405
Nebula
Mayhill, NM
12-24-2008
Description

The Flaming Star Nebula in Auriga (IC 405) is a combination emission and relection nebula.  Other than its main nebulous components, IC 405 contains the famous star AE Aurigae. This is classified as a "runaway" star, since observations over a period of 50 years suggest that AE Aurigae has undergone cross motion in the plane of the sky by about 1450 AU.  The current hypothesis is that the star was ejected from the Trapezium in the Orion Nebula after a collision about 2 million years ago!

The RGB data for this image was originally acquired by Steve Menaker in 2007. Steve Mazlin recently acquired additional luminance data and processed it into an LRGB

Technical Details
Exposure Time:
LRGB with 2 1/4 hours lum and 6 hours RGB
Camera:
SBIG STL-11000M
Telescope:
RCOS 16 inch f/8.7 Ritchey-Chretien
Mount:
Software Bisque Paramount ME
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