Amateur Astronomy Club

Messier 27 – Dumbbell Nebula – 16″ x 20″ – Aluminum

Photographer: Len DiPinto

This is an 16 x 20″ picture on aluminum with a float mount (shown in picture) for easy wall hanging.

The Dumbbell Nebula (also known as Apple Core Nebula or M 27) is a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1,227 light-years. This object was the first planetary nebula to be discovered by Charles Messier in 1764. A planetary nebula is a type of emission nebula consisting of an expanding, glowing shell of ionized gas ejected from red giant stars late in their lives. A white dwarf star (the core of the red giant) is left behind and visible in the center of the nebula in this picture.