The Flame Nebula, also known as NGC 2024, is a bright emission nebula located in the constellation Orion. It is located just to the south of the Horsehead Nebula, which is a famous dark nebula that is visible in the same region of the sky.
The Flame Nebula gets its name from its orange and red appearance, which is caused by glowing hydrogen gas that has been excited by the radiation from nearby young, hot stars. The nebula is located about 1,500 light-years away from Earth and is about 30 light-years wide.
The Horsehead Nebula, also known as Barnard 33, is a small, dark nebula that is located in the constellation Orion. It is a popular target for amateur and professional astronomers because of its distinctive shape, which is caused by a dense cloud of gas and dust that is blocking the light from the glowing hydrogen gas behind it.
The Horsehead Nebula is located about 1,500 light-years away from Earth and is about 3 light-years wide. It is a part of the larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, which is a region of active star formation. The nebula is named for its shape, which resembles the head of a horse.Both the Flame and Horsehead Nebulas are located in the Orion constellation, which is one of the most recognisable and well-known constellations in the night sky.
It is visible in the Northern Hemisphere during the winter months and summer months in the Southern Hemisphere and is easily recognisable due to the three bright stars that form a belt in the centre of the constellation.