NGC 2024 image created from VISTA images taken through J, H and Ks filters in the near-infrared part of the spectrum.
|Observation data: J2000.0 epoch|
|Right ascension||05h 41m 54s|
|Declination||-1° 51′ 0.0"|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||+2|
|Apparent dimensions (V)||30'x30'|
|Other designations||NGC 2024 and Sharpless 277|
The bright star Alnitak (ζ Ori), the easternmost star in the Belt of Orion, shines energetic ultraviolet light into the Flame and this knocks electrons away from the great clouds of hydrogen gas that reside there. Much of the glow results when the electrons and ionized hydrogen recombine. Additional dark gas and dust lies in front of the bright part of the nebula and this is what causes the dark network that appears in the center of the glowing gas. The Flame Nebula is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, a star-forming region that includes the famous Horsehead Nebula.
See also 
Media related to Flame Nebula at Wikimedia Commons
- NGC 2024 at Astrophotography
- SIMBAD NGC 2024
- Astronomy Picture of the Day July 13, 1999
- The Flame Nebula on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images
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