March 2012: IC405, the Flaming Star Nebula

This is a really spectacular object. The Flaming Star nebula is called after AE Aurigae, the powerfull star which dominates the field. This very hot, blue star ionizes the gas in the nebula, so it brights. Also, it casts its blue light on the dust inside the nebula, which gives these remarkable blue hues.

I’m quite happy with this baby, taking into account the almost full moon in that night. Processing has not been easy, as the image has a lot of different features which needed to be protected or highlighted. This image is a composite of ¬†almost an hour through H-alfa filter, plus more than half hour through R, G and B each. Hope you like it!

Go to this object description and this image technical detail.