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Messier 27
Messier 27 Dumbbell Nebula
Credit: NASA, ESA

M27 (NGC 6853) - Dumbbell Nebula

Messier 27 (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. M27 is 1,350 light years away from Earth.

M27 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 7.5, and can be viewed with binoculars. M27 is 8' x 5.6' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Dumbbell Nebula
      1. Alt name:
      1. Type:
      2. planetary nebula
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 6853
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 7.5
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 8' x 5.6'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 1,350 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 19h 59.6m
      1. Dec:
      2. 22 43'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Orion Arm
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.