How to Find the Flaming Star Nebula, Caldwell 31

How to Find the Flaming Star Nebula, Caldwell 31

Flaming Star nebula

The flaming star nebula or Caldwell 31 is an emission and reflection nebula. The central star is a variable star and interestingly, is thought to have originated from the area of Orion's belt. It has the name flaming star nebula as the dust lanes look like smoke as if the star is burning. This nebula is visible in small telescopes. It is found about 1,500 light years away.

Image by: Hewholooks

Other Names:

Caldwell 31


IC 405

SH 2-229

Telescope Image to Scale:

Caldwell 31 telescope image

This image is 30 arc minutes by 30 arcminutes which is about the size of the full moon.


Magnitude = 10

Surface Brightness = unknown

Telescope Aperture City Suburbs Rural Dark Sky
4 inches 9 10 11 12.5
5 inches 9.5 10.5 11.5 13
6 inches 10 11 12 13.5
8 inches 10.5 11.5 12.5 14
10 inches 11 12 13 14.5

Use this chart to estimate if you can see the object from your location with your telescope. For more help on using this chart click here.

How to See It:

The Flaming Star Nebula can be found in the constellation of Auriga. It is in the crosshairs on the chart below. It's co-ordinates are: RA 05h 17m 07.46 DEC +34° 16′ 46.0″ if you are using guiding software.

How to find Caldwell 31, the Flaming Star Nebula

To find more space objects have a look at the constellation guide by clicking the link or go back to the list of deep space objects.

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