Pictures of the Flaming Star Nebula
The Flaming Star Nebula, IC 405 is an emission and reflection nebula located about 1,500 lightyears from Earth and illuminated by star AE Aurigae.
The Flaming Star Nebula, IC 405, might just have the coolest nickname of all deep-sky objects. The nebula is located about 1,500 lightyears from Earth and stretches about 5 lightyears across.
This emission and reflection nebula is a glowing cosmic cloud of gas and dust that's illuminated by AE Aurigae, the bright blue star that dominates images of the target.
Why the name Flaming Star Nebula? Probably as a result of the bright ripples of gas and dust illuminated by AE Aurigae and the glowing hydrogen emission, which make the object look something like a cosmic bonfire out in the depths of space.
Below is a selection of some of the best images of the Flaming Star Nebula captured by BBC Sky at Night Magazine readers and astrophotographers from around the world.