IC 405 (also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, SH 2-229, or Caldwell 31) is an emission and reflection nebula in the constellation Auriga north of the celestial equator, surrounding the bluish, irregular variable star AE Aurigae. It shines at magnitude +6.0. Its celestial coordinates are RA 05h 16.2m dec +34° 28′. It is located near the emission nebula IC 410, the open clusters M38 and M36, and the K-class star Iota Aurigae.
|Observation data: J2000 epoch|
|Right ascension||05h 16m 05s|
|Declination||+34° 27′ 49″|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||+6.0?|
|Apparent dimensions (V)||37′ × 10′|
|Designations||Flaming Star Nebula, Caldwell 31, Sharpless 229|
The nebula measures approximately 37.0' x 19.0', and lies about 1,500 light-years away from Earth. It is believed that the proper motion of the central star can be traced back to the Orion's Belt area. The nebula is about 5 light-years across.
Amateur astronomer photo of the Flaming Star Nebula with Celestron C9.25 and Hyperstar, ZWO2600MC Pro camera
Amateur picture taken with a Canon R6 DSLR and a 110mm ED refractor of the Flaming Star nebula around AE Aurigae