Published online by Cambridge University Press: 25 April 2016
HD 44179, a ninth-magnitude star of late B spectral type, is peculiar in several respects. At red wavelengths it appears to be located at the apex of a biconical nebular (‘The Red Rectangle’) of dimensions about 1′ arc. Cohen et al. (1975) identified the system with the bright infrared source AFGL 915 and carried out investigations at optical, infrared and radio wavelengths. The complexities of the spectra have continued to interest astronomers.