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Dumbell Nebula (M27, NGC6853) Facts

Dumbell Nebula (M27, NGC6853) Facts Planetary Nebula in Vulpecula

Dumbell Nebula (M27, NGC6853) is a planetary nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 1.148-1.52 kly light years away in the constellation of Vulpecula.

It is referred to as M(27) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(6853) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.

The Planetary Nebula's location is 19:59.6 (R.A.) and +22:43 ( deg:m ) (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 8.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 8.0x5.7 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye from Earth, you need a telescope to see it.

Dumbell Nebula (M27, NGC6853) has a radius of 1 light years or to put it another way, it has a diameter of 3 light years. It would take a space ship 3 years travelling at the speed of light to get from one side to the other.

The Dumbbell nebula is a planetary Nebula that was discovered in 1764 by French Astronomer Charles Messier. Charles set out to catalog all these objects even though he didn't actually know what they were at the time.

Fact File


NameDumbell Nebula (M27, NGC6853)
TypePlanetary Nebula
Messier Id27
NGC Id6853
ConstellationVulpecula
Right Ascension19:59.6
Declination+22:43 ( deg:m )
Distance (Lt.Yr)1.148-1.52 kly
Radius (Lt.Yr)1.44
Apparent Dimension8.0x5.7
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1764
DiscovererCharles Messier

Location of Dumbell Nebula (M27, NGC6853) Facts in Vulpecula


Dumbell Nebula (M27, NGC6853) Facts Planetary Nebula in Vulpecula

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