M27: The Dumbbell Nebula
M27: The Dumbbell Nebula M27: The Dumbbell Nebula
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The Dumbbell Nebula is a beautiful red and blue planetary nebula in the constellation of Vulpecula. It is the 27th object on Charles Messier's list of diffuse sky objects, and so is referred to as M27. Its high surface brightness makes it a good target for small telescopes. The term planetary nebula, used to describe this general class of objects, is misleading. Although these objects may appear round and planet-like in small telescopes, astronomers have determined them to be stars surrounded by cocoons of gas blown off in the late stages of evolution.

Credit: The Electronic Universe Project, Karen Gloria

Keywords: nebula,nebulae,dumbell,dumb bell,m27,m-27,m 27