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The '''Dumbbell Nebula''' (also known as '''Messier 27''', '''M 27''', or '''NGC 6853''') is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planetary_nebula <u>planetary nebula</u>] (PN) in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constellation <u>constellation</u>] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulpecula <u>Vulpecula</u>], at a distance of about 1,360 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_year <u>light years</u>].
 
The '''Dumbbell Nebula''' (also known as '''Messier 27''', '''M 27''', or '''NGC 6853''') is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planetary_nebula <u>planetary nebula</u>] (PN) in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constellation <u>constellation</u>] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulpecula <u>Vulpecula</u>], at a distance of about 1,360 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_year <u>light years</u>].

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M27 - photo from Spitzer telescope

The Dumbbell Nebula (also known as Messier 27, M 27, or NGC 6853) is a planetary nebula (PN) in the constellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1,360 light years.


This object was the first planetary nebula to be discovered; by Charles Messier in 1764. At its brightness of visual magnitude 7.5 and its diameter of about 8 arcminutes, it is easily visible in binoculars, and a popular observing target in amateur telescopes.