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Nebula

Challenge #2 –

Target Type R.A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size C15 (NGC 6826) Planetary Nebula 19h 44m 48s +50° 31′ 30″ Cygnus 8.9 2.1 arcmin Overview It’s a great name, isn’t it? The Blinking Nebula! It comes from the sense that you can’t see the nebula when you look at it directly, but you can when you look […]

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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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M1, the Crab Nebula in Taurus

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size M1 (NGC 1952) Bright Nebula 05h 34m 00s +22° 01′ 00″ Taurus 8.4 6.0×4.0 arcmins Overview The Crab Nebula is the remains of a supernova (star explosion) in the constellation Taurus. It’s believed to be the one documented in China nearly 1000 years ago, in 1054. At

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M16, Eagle Nebula in Serpens

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size M16 (NGC 6611) Bright Nebula 18h 18m 48s -20° 52′ 41″ Serpens +6.4 35×28 arcmins Overview Messier saw this nebula in 1764, and was the first to see its nebulosity. The first person to observe the region itself was Philippe Loys de Chéseaux in 1745 or 1746.

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