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NGC 2024
Observation data: J2000.0 epoch
Type Emission
Right ascension 05h 41m 54s
Declination +1° 51′ 0.0"
Distance 900 - 1,500 ly
Apparent magnitude (V) +2
Apparent dimensions (V) 30'x30'
Constellation Orion
Physical characteristics
Radius -
Absolute magnitude (V) -
Notable features -
Other designations Sharpless 277

See also: Diffuse nebula, Lists of nebulae

The Flame nebula, also known as NGC 2024, is a nebula in the constellation Orion. It has no well defined edge. It is about 900 to 1,500 light-years away.[1]

The bright star Alnitak (ζ Ori), the most eastern star in the Belt of Orion, shines a glow of electrons into the Flame nebula. The Flame nebula is part of the Orion complex. This is a star-making area that also has the famous Horsehead nebula in it.

Other websites


  1. Astronomy Picture of the Day July 13, 1999 [1]