This beautiful image displays IC 405, known as the Flaming Star Nebula, in the constellation of Auriga some 1500 light-years away. Many hundreds of stars are visible in the extremely sharp view, which was taken at the 2800 m-high Mount Lemmon Sky Center Observatory in Arizona, US. The bright star visible left of centre is AE Aurigae, which was not born in this nebula but most likely in the famous Orion Nebula, from where it was ejected in a multiple star interaction. Over millions of years, the runaway star has already covered 40° on the sky relative to its birthplace. The intense ultraviolet emission of the high-speed star ionises hydrogen atoms, which then recombine and emit the characteristic reddish glow of such nebulae. Dusty filaments are seen in blue because they reflect the blue and ultraviolet stellar light. AE Aurigae, which is at the limit of what can be seen by the naked eye, will continue its run around the sky for some time, before exploding as a supernova.