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Messier 76
Messier 76 Little Dumbbell Nebula
Credit: NASA, ESA

M76 (NGC 650) - Little Dumbbell Nebula

Messier 76 (NGC 650), also known as the Little Dumbbell Nebula, is a planetary nebula located in the constellation Perseus, in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M76 is 2,500 light years away from Earth.

M76 is best viewed during winter, is magnitude 10.1, and can be viewed with small telescope. M76 is 2.7' x 1.8' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Little Dumbbell Nebula
      1. Alt name:
      1. Type:
      2. planetary nebula
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 650
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 10.1
      1. Viewing:
      2. small telescope
      1. Size:
      2. 2.7' x 1.8'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 2,500 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 1h 42.4m
      1. Dec:
      2. 51 34'
      1. Season:
      2. winter
      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.