M76 - The Little Dumbbell Nebula

M76 - The Little Dumbbell Nebula


The Little Dumbbell Nebula (M76) / (NGC650/651) is a planetary nebula in the constellation Perseus.  It is also sometimes called the Cork Nebula and the Butterfly Nebula.  It is the result of a star which ejected its outer shell of gas into surrounding space.  This object's distance is not accurately known, but is estimated to be at a distance of approximately 3400 light years.  More information about this object can be found at The Messier List - M76 and also Wikipedia - Little Dumbbell.  

This image is from 198 minutes of total exposure through a William Optics FLT110 4.3" f/7 refractor taken on 25-26 November 2011 using LRGB filters.   The full field from which the above image was cropped is shown below.   Click on the images to see the full field at full resolution.

M76 - The Little Dumbbell Nebula

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