The Flame Nebula is part of a much larger Hydrogen cloud of star forming material known as the Orion Molecular Cloud
Complex.  It shines due to the ionization of the Hydrogen gas that resides there, a process fueled by the bright star Alnitak
seen in the photo to the right.   Found in the constellation of Orion, this region lies approximately 1,500 LY from Earth.

November 10, 2009
WO ZS 105mm f/7 Apo Refractor
Canon Digital Rebel 400D / Modified (Hap Griffin)
150 Minutes / 30x300s @ 800ASA
Orion StarShoot AutoGuider
Skyhawk Observatory, West Bend, WI.
Rick Kazmierski


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