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Messier Objects

Messier M57 - Ring Nebula

M57 (NGC 6720), also known as Ring Nebula, is a planetary nebula located within the constellation Lyra, in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. in the Local Group of galaxies.

M57 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 9.5*, and can be viewed with large binoculars. It is 1.4 x 1' in size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Ring Nebula
      1. Type:
      2. planetary nebula
      1. NGC:
      2. 6720
      1. Magnitude (m):
      2. 9.5
      1. Viewing:
      2. large binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 1.4 x 1'
      1. RA:
      2. 18h 53.6m
      1. Dec:
      2. 33 2'
      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.



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