Celestial hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Lyra (Lyr)  ·  Contains:  IC 1296  ·  M 57  ·  NGC 6720  ·  Ring nebula in Lyra
M57 in a starfield, 


            Bob Hufnagel
M57 in a starfield
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M57 in a starfield

Acquisition details

June 6, 2014
Avg. Moon age:
7.97 days
Avg. Moon phase:

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 295408

RA center: 18h53m25s.2

DEC center: +33°0748

Pixel scale: 0.693 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 170.788 degrees

Field radius: 0.405 degrees

Resolution: 620x468

File size: 127.8 KB

Locations: Backyard Observatory in Skyshed Pod, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States


This is the opposite of a baby picture - this is what our sun will look like in 5 billion years, give or take a few billion years. The sun will blow off its outer layers and will settle into old age as a white dwarf star, slowly growing colder for billions of years until it becomes too cold to see anymore. The results of the outer layers moving away from the sun will look something like this picture, but only for a few thousands of years until it becomes too diffuse to see. This object is known as M57, or the Ring Nebula.


Sky plot

Sky plot


M57 in a starfield, 


            Bob Hufnagel