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M57, The Ring Nebula in Lyra

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size M57 (NGC 6720) Planetary Nebula 18h 53m 36s +33° 01′ 40″ Lyra +8.80 1.1×1.4 arcmin Overview This dazzling planetary nebula is tucked away inside the tight confines of the constellation of Lyra. Messier discovered the nebula in January 1779. He described it as a faint patch of

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M27, the Dumbbell Nebula in Vulpecula

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size M27 (NGC 6853) Planetary Nebula 19h 59m 36s +22° 43′ 01″ Vulpecula +7.1 8.0×5.7 arcmins Overview There is only one Messier object in the tiny, faint (it’s brightest stars are fainter than magnitude 4) constellation of Vulpecula, but it is a beauty! Messier himself discovered this planetary

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M103, Open Cluster in Cassiopeia

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size M103 (NGC 581) Open Cluster 01h 33m 23s +60° 39′ 00″ Cassiopeia +7.40 5.0 arcmin Overview M103 is the last object from the original catalog of objects compiled by Charles Messier. It is a small star cluster easily located near Ruchbar, one of the bright stars forming

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M77, Spiral Galaxy Copy Copy Copy

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size M77 Spiral Galaxy 02h 42m 41s -00° 00′ 48″ Cetus +9.0 6.1×5.6 arcmins Overview The 77th item in Messier’s catalog is a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation of Cetus, the whale. The galaxy was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780, and added to Messier’s list that

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