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: 16 July 2004
Equipment: FSQ106 @ f/5, ST2000XM, MI-250
Exposure: LRGB: 48-10-12-12 minutes