23 November 2016 | IC 405

IC 405

Credit: Efrem Frigeni | Click to enlarge

Image Data
  • Location: Brumano (Bg) – Italy
  • Date: 29/10/2016 – 30/10/2016
  • Camera: SBIG STF8300m
  • Optics: Takahashi FSQ106EDXIII
  • Mount: NEQ6
  • Exposure: L 18×600”, H 5×1200”, R 6×600”, G 6×600”, B 6×600”

IC 405 (also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, SH 2-229, or Caldwell 31) is an emission/reflection nebula in the constellation Auriga, surrounding the bluish star AE Aurigae. It shines at magnitude +6.0. Its celestial coordinates are RA 05h 16.2m dec +34° 28′.

It surrounds the irregular variable star AE Aurigae and is located near the emission nebula IC 410, the open clusters M38 and M36, and the K-class star Iota Aurigae. The nebula measures approximately 37.0′ x 19.0′, and lies about 1,500 light-years away from Earth.

It is believed that the proper motion of the central star can be traced back to the Orion’s Belt area. The nebula is about 5 light-years across.


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