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The Little Dumbell, Cork or Butterfly Nebula (M76, NGC650) Facts

The Little Dumbell, Cork or Butterfly Nebula (M76, NGC650) Facts Planetary Nebula in Perseus

The Little Dumbell, Cork or Butterfly Nebula (M76, NGC650) is a planetary nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of about 2,500.00 light years away in the constellation of Perseus.

It is referred to as M(76) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(650) 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 01:42.4 (R.A.) and +51:34 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 10.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 2.7x1.8 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye from Earth, you need a telescope to see it.

The Little Dumbell, Cork or Butterfly (M76,NGC650) is a planetary nebula. It was discovered in 1780 by Pierre Mechain. It's location is RA(01:42.4), Dec(+51:34) and its distance is calculated 2.5 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 10.1. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 2.7x1.8.

Travel Time to The Little Dumbell, Cork or Butterfly Nebula (M76, NGC650)

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A3807362,277,909,745.24
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2692,185,076,645.22
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.541,092,536,898.68
New Horizons Probe33,00050,804,290.08
Speed of Light670,616,629.002,500.00

Fact File

NameThe Little Dumbell, Cork or Butterfly Nebula (M76, NGC650)
TypePlanetary Nebula
Messier Id76
NGC Id650
Right Ascension01:42.4
Distance (Lt.Yr)2500
Apparent Dimension2.7x1.8
Visual / Apparent Magnitude10.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1780
DiscovererPierre Mechain

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