Flaming Star Nebula (IC 405)

Flaming Star Nebula

The Flaming Star Nebula (IC 405) is a diffuse nebula in Auriga that mainly surrounds the star AE Aurigae and gives the impression that the star is burning, hence its name. AE Aur is an erratic variable and one of the runaway stars whose proper motion can be traced back to the area of Orion's Belt.

angular size 37.0' × 19.0'
distance ~1,500 light-years
position RA 05h 16m 05s
Dec 34° 27' 49"