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IC405, The Flaming Star Nebula
Rippling dust and gas lanes give the Flaming Star Nebula its name. The red and purple colors of the nebula are present in different regions and are created by different processes. The bright star AE Aurigae is so hot it emits light so energetic it knocks electrons away from surrounding gas. When a proton recaptures an electron, red light is frequently emitted. The purple region's color is a mix of this red light and blue light emitted by AE Aurigae but reflected to us by surrounding dust. The two regions are referred to as emission nebula and reflection nebula, respectively. The Flaming Star Nebula, officially known as IC 405, lies about 1500 light years distant and spans about 5 light years.
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Album name:phoenix / DSO's
Keywords:IC405, The Flaming Star Nebula
Name & Location:K. Rooney, An Carraig Observatory
Date & Time Taken (ut):10th & 11th January 2008
Equipment Used:TMB 80, SXV H16
Technical Info:5 hours data
File Size:801 KB
Date added:12 Jan 2021
Dimensions:1024 x 984 pixels
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