IC 405, Flaming Star Nebula
Image ID : I0405_03
Width1,024 pixels
Height992 pixels
300 dpi print width3.4 inches8.7 centimetres
300 dpi print height3.3 inches8.4 centimetres
IC 405, the Flaming Star Nebula, is an emission nebula about 5 light years in diameter, and illuminated by the bright star AE Aurigae. The surrounding gas is excited by the star's radiation, and glows red, but some light is merely reflected by the surrounding gas and shines with a blue colour. This image, however, is a composite of three images taken through filters : red = ionised sulphur (672.4nm), green = hydrogen alpha (656.3nm), and blue = ionised oxygen (500.7nm).
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IC 0405
Emission nebula
Credit : Planetary Visions Limited / Richard Crisp.