Close-Up of M27, the Dumbbell Nebula

An aging star's last hurrah is creating a flurry of glowing knots of gas that appear to be streaking through space in this close-up image of the Dumbbell Nebula, taken with NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

The Dumbbell, a nearby planetary nebula residing more than 1,200 light-years away, is the result of an old star that has shed its outer layers in a glowing display of colour. The nebula, also known as Messier 27 (M27), was the first planetary nebula ever discovered. French astronomer Charles Messier spotted it in 1764.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0306a
Type:Observation
Release date:10 February 2003, 15:00
Size:1262 x 750 px

About the Object

Name:Dumbbell Nebula, Messier 27
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Distance:1200 light years
Constellation:Vulpecula

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Coordinates

Position (RA):19 59 32.20
Position (Dec):22° 42' 43.13"
Field of view:2.09 x 1.24 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 14.1° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
Oiii
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
547 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
Nii
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
Sii
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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