M 27

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Description: Known as the "Dumbbell Nebula," M27 is formed from gases expelled by an aging, giant star. These gases are ionized by radiation from this star and re-emit light in the visible wavelengths.
Constellation: Vulpecula
Distance: 1 thousand light years
Apparent Size: 5.8'
Date: 28 july 2005
Equipment: 12"RC @ f/9, ST10XME, AP1200
Exposure: 2 hours Ha (6nm Astrodon)