Hubble's Full WFPC2 Image of Dumbbell Nebula

An aging star's last hurrah is creating a flurry of glowing knots of gas that appear to be streaking through space in this close-up image of the Dumbbell Nebula, taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The Dumbbell, a nearby planetary nebula residing more than 1,200 light-years away, is the result of an old star that has shed its outer layers in a glowing display of color. The nebula, also known as Messier 27 (M27), was the first planetary nebula ever discovered. French astronomer Charles Messier spotted it in 1764.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0306d
Type:Observation
Release date:10 February 2003, 15:00
Size:1478 x 1504 px

About the Object

Name:Dumbbell Nebula, Messier 27, NGC 6853
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Distance:1200 light years
Constellation:Vulpecula
Category:Nebulae

Image Formats

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Coordinates

Position (RA):19 59 33.42
Position (Dec):22° 43' 17.54"
Field of view:2.45 x 2.50 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 14.3° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
SII
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
NII
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
547 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
OIII
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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