The Dumbbell Nebula (M27) -- Located in the constellation Vulpecula
HOW TO FIND
The Dumbbell Nebula:
As you can see, you don't need to perform a lot of heavy lifting to find the Dumbbell Nebula. But whatever lengths you go to, the sight of this planetary nebula will reward your efforts. Astronomy binoculars or a basic telescope will put this celestial wonder in plain view.
Interesting Facts About the Dumbbell Nebula
Check Out the Dumbbell Nebula
M42 & M13: courtesy of Tim Hunter and James McGaha, Grasslands Observatory at http://www.3towers.com; M31 & M45: courtesy of Herm Perez, http://home.att.net/~hermperez/default.htm; M8: courtesy of Bob Star, http://www.flickr.com/photos/52031391@N00/70287323 / CC BY 2.0
2009: The International Year of Astronomy
With the theme "The Universe, Yours to Discover," a United Nations agency is bringing astronauts, artists, scientists, academics, and others together during the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first observation of the heavens in 1609.
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