M27 (NGC 6853) - Dumbbell Nebula
Messier M27 (NGC 6853), also known as the Dumbbell Nebula, is a planetary nebula located in the constellation Vulpecula, in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. in the Local Group of galaxies.
Messier M27 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 7.5*, and can be viewed with binoculars. It is 8 x 5.6' in size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.
* The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.
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