2024 (also designated as Sh2-277) is commonly referred to as the
Flame Nebula. It is an emission nebula that lies approximately 1,350
light years away and contains 800 very young stars. It gets its
defining charactertics from the dark nebula that partially obscures
it. This is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex that includes
the Horsehead Nebula (which is just off the frame at the lower right)
and the Orion Nebula.
bright star to the right of the nebula is Alnitak (Zeta Orionis),
the eastern-most star in Orion's belt. The relfction nebula a the
upper right is IC 432 and the one bottom center is NGC 2023.