Dumbbell Nebula
The Dumbbell Nebula, M27 or NGC 6853 in Vulpecula is one of the closest and largest planetary nebulae. It was formed about 48,000 years ago when gas was thrown off from a blue-dwarf star at its center.

M27 is 815 light years away and 1.2 light years in diameter.

July 22, 2002, 1:00am
Dean Zahren's Observatory
Bellevue, WA.

Takahashi FSQ-106, SBIG ST-10 using narrowband filters: Red=H-alpha 3x8min, Green=O-III 3x8min, Blue=H-beta 4x8min

Photo by Dean Zahren