Nightscapes & Deep Sky Colors
Astrophotography © Brian A. Morganti
IC 405 Flaming Star Nebula
The Flaming Star Nebula is part of a dust cloud illuminated by the "runaway" star AE Aurigae. This bright star is a transient visitor to this region and is thought to be ejected from the Orion Nebula by the collision of two binary star groups. Ultraviolet radiation from the star ionizes and excites hydrogen gas and causes the gas cloud to glow red. A region closer to the star shines blue, due to dust reflecting the starlight resulting in a colorful composite of both emission and reflection nebula.
Astrophotography - Nightscapes & Deep Sky Colors