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Messier 57
Messier 57 Ring Nebula
Credit: NASA, ESA

M57 (NGC 6720) - Ring Nebula

Messier 57 (NGC 6720), also known as the Ring Nebula, is a planetary nebula located in the constellation Lyra, in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M57 is 2,500 light years away from Earth.

M57 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 8.8, and can be viewed with binoculars. M57 is 1.5' x 1' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Ring Nebula
      1. Type:
      2. planetary nebula
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 6720
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 8.8
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 1.5' x 1'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 2,500 LY
      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.