Flaming Star Nebula

The Flaming Star Nebula, also known by the less-poetic names IC 405, SH 2-229 and Caldwell 31 is an emission/reflection nebula in the constellation Auriga.  The nebula is about 5 light-years across and visually appears roughly the same size as the Earth’s moon.  This image was taken by Matt Partalis and SoVerA Member Richard Smith. Click the image for an even larger version.