The Ring Nebula (M57) -- Located in the constellation Lyra
HOW TO FIND
THE RING NEBULA:
Not because of its judicious eating habits, but rather on account of its proximity to the star Vega, the Ring Nebula is as Vegan as night-sky objects can get. This planetary nebula is easily recognized by its distinctive ring shape, for which it is aptly named.
Interesting Facts About the Ring Nebula
Put the Ring Nebula in Your Field of View
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
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