The stars, which light up our universe, form in a large cloud of dust and gas in space, called a nebula. Although many nebulae are located far away, NASA has been able to observe them using advanced technology such as the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the recently launched James Webb Space Telescope. One nebula discovered with such amazing technology is the Flaming Star Nebula. No, this nebula is not on fire, but it is named the Flaming Star Nebula because the star at the center of the nebula, called AE Aurigae, appears to be emitting smoke.
NASA’s Astronomy Image of the Day is a stunning image of the Flaming Star Nebula and the Tadpole Nebula’s paths with comet ZTF. IC405, otherwise known as the Flaming Star Nebula, is located about 1,500 light-years toward the constellation Auriga and spans about 5 light-years. According to NASA, AE Aurigae, is a bright star at the center of the nebula, blue in color due to its high temperature. It emits light so intense that it causes the displacement of electrons from atoms in the surrounding gas.
This photo was taken by Thomas Roll. WHO One is Boeing A 737 pilot by day, and an astrophotographer by night.
Description by NASA
Is the star AE Origi on fire? No, although AE Aurigae is named the Flaming Star and the surrounding nebula IC 405 is named the Flaming Star Nebula, and although the nebula looks like a swirling flame to some, it has no fire. . Fire, usually described as the rapid molecular acquisition of oxygen, occurs only when there is enough oxygen and is not important in high-energy, low-oxygen environments such as stars. The bright star AE Aurigae lies near the center of the Flaming Star Nebula and is so hot that it glows blue, emitting light so energetic that it knocks electrons from the surrounding gas.
When a proton regains an electron, light is emitted, as seen in the surrounding emission nebula. Captured here three weeks ago, the Flaming Star Nebula is visible near the center of the composite image, between the red Tadpole Nebula on the left and the blue-tailed comet ZTF on the right. The Flaming Star Nebula is about 1500 light-years away, spans about 5 light-years, and appears to be a small. Binoculars Towards the Constellation of the Chariot (Auriga).