Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Perseus (Per)  ·  Contains:  Little Dumbbell  ·  M 76  ·  NGC 650
Little Dumbell M76 , 



    
        

            Pablo Lewin
Little Dumbell M76
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Little Dumbell M76

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Astrometry.net job: 733371

RA center: 01h42m15s.8

DEC center: +51°3321

Pixel scale: 3.146 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -140.792 degrees

Field radius: 0.346 degrees


Resolution: 620x484

Description

The Little Dumbbell Nebula, also known as Messier 76, NGC 650/651, the Barbell Nebula, or the Cork Nebula, is a planetary nebula in the constellation Perseus. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780 and included in Charles Messier's catalog of comet-like objects as number 76. It was first recognised as a planetary nebula in 1918 by the astronomer Heber Doust Curtis. However, there is some contention to this claim, as Isaac Roberts in 1891 did suggest that M76 might be similar to the Ring Nebula (M57), being instead as seen from the side view. The structure is now classed as a bipolar planetary nebula (BPNe).

Distance to M76 is currently estimated as 780 parsecs or 2,500 light years, making the average dimensions about 0.378 pc. (1.23 ly.) across.

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Little Dumbell M76 , 



    
        

            Pablo Lewin