IC405-Flaming Star Nebula

Rippling dust and gas lanes give the Flaming Star Nebula its name. The red and purple colors of the nebula are present in different regions and are created by different processes. The bright star AE Aurigae, visible near the center, is so hot it is blue, emitting light so energetic it knocks electrons away from surrounding gas. When a proton recaptures an electron, red light is frequently emitted. The purple region's color is a mix of this red light and blue light emitted by AE Aurigae but reflected to us by surrounding dust. The two regions are referred to as emission nebula and reflection nebula, respectively. These frames were taken the night of December 24, 25, 27 and 28, 2010 with moderate to poor seeing and high humidity. The image combines RGB and luminance images. The total exposure is 9 hours.

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