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The Flaming Star Nebula

About 1,500 light-years away surrounding the bluish star AE Aurigae, within the constellation of Aurigae, beaming at a magnitude of 6.0+, lies the emission/reflection nebula known as the Flaming Star nebula. The Flaming Star nebula spans about 5 light-years across, and can be seen through a small telescope. AE Aurigae, in the upper left in the image, is a massive and intensely hot O-type runaway star, that might have been ejected during a collision of two binary star groups. It's the ionizing ultraviolet radiation of AE Aurigea that generates the reddish glow of the nebula itself. Its brilliant blue starlight is reflected by the nebula's rippling dust lanes. .............................................................................. #space #science #nature #education #news

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