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Flame Nebula (NGC2024)

Flame Nebula (NGC2024) Emission Nebula in Orion

Flame Nebula (NGC2024) is an emission nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 1350 LY light years away in the constellation of Orion.

It is also referred to as NGC(2024) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.

The Emission Nebula's location is 05h 41m 54s (R.A.) and -1d 51` 0.0 (Dec.). The object can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Flame Nebula (NGC2024) has a radius of 6 light years or to put it another way, it has a diameter of 12 light years. It would take a space ship 12 years travelling at the speed of light to get from one side to the other.

The Flame nebula is a star forming nebula located near the star Alnitak which is the star at the eastern end shines ultra-violet light into the nebula causing electrons to be knocked away from the hydrogen gas clouds. The nebula is part of a larger nebula area which also contains the Horsehead Nebula which is also located with in the Orion boundaries. Flame

Research has revealed that the stars on the outside of the nebula are older than the stars in the inner regions. The stars in the inner region are about 200,000 light years whilst the stars on the outskirts are about 1.5 million years. Amongst the reasons to explain this is that the older stars migrated outwards. Another reason is that the star formation is continuing to occur in the inner regions. Another reason is that the outer regions have become too thin to support stellar creation. NASA

Fact File


NameFlame Nebula (NGC2024)
TypeEmission Nebula
NGC Id2024
ConstellationOrion
Right Ascension05h 41m 54s
Declination-1d 51` 0.0
Distance (Lt.Yr)1350 LY
Radius (Lt.Yr)6.00
Apparent Magnitude2.00000
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes


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