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Flaming Star Nebula

C31, IC 405

Proper NameFlaming Star Nebula
Caldwell NumberC31
NGC/IC NumberIC 405
Right Ascension5h 17m 24s
Declination+34° 23' 0"
Distancec.1,500 light years
c.500 parsecs
Mean DiameterApparent: 30' x 19'
Actual: c.5 light years
Optimum VisibilityDecember
NotesThe runaway eruptive variable star AE Aurigae is passing through this region of gas and dust in the constellation of Auriga, illuminating a region some five light years across. The star's intense blue light reveals a dense tracery of branching dust lanes within the nebula.


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