The Flaming Star Nebula, IC 405 (other designations: SH2-229, Caldwell 31) surrounds the variable star AE Aurigae.

The nebula lies at a distance of about 1.500 light years and spans 5 light years across.
Radiation from AE Aurigae causes the gas in IC 405 to glow red, while dust creates the blue reflection nebula near the star.

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Previous/older images:

Oct 13, 2007 – Canon 350D (8″ f4 GSO 2h6m)

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Name IC405 – The Flaming Star Nebula
Type Emission/reflection nebula
Constellation Auriga
Right ascension 05h 16m 05s
Declination +34° 27′ 49″
Distance 1.500 ly
Other designations Sh2-229, Caldwell 31