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AE Aurigae

A 33 000 - 36 500 kelvin hot blue star. The star probably was born in the Orion Nebula together with Mu Columbae, drifting away from there since then. It is called Flaming Star, because it illuminates the neighboring nebulae so they look like they are burning.
At ideal conditions the star would just be visible to the naked eye.

Constellation: Auriga
Age: 2.7 million years
Distance: 1450 light-years
Spectral class: O9.5
Visual magnitude: 5.96
Luminosity: circa 30 000 * Sun
Mass: 17 * Sun
Diameter: 5 * Sun
Radial velocity: 59 km/sec

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Photo: NOAO, AURA, NSF

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