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A Stellar Explosion: The Dumbbell Nebula

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The Dumbbell Nebula The Dumbbell Nebula Terry Hancock, Andre van der Hoeven, Fred Herrmann

There are many mysterious objects in the cosmos that evoke awe and wonder. Tucked away in this stunning planetary nebula known as the Dumbbell nebula (Messier 27) is a dying sun, that created it all. Now a white dwarf, the central star continues to propel cosmic material outward.

Being one of the brightest planetary nebulae in the sky, it is located in constellation of the Fox (Vulpecula) and can be seen with in dark skies with binoculars. If you are lucky enough to view this heavenly wonder, remember you are seeing it as it was over 1,000 years ago as it is 1,360 light years away.



These images were an international collaboration between Terry Hancock, Andre van der Hoeven, and Fred Herrmann. This deep version uses almost 40 hours of data collected in Michigan, Alabama and Holland using different telescopes and CCD cameras which were later combined into one final image.


Using narrow band filters and very long exposures they were able to capture the outer hydrogen and oxygen shell of M27 which is not normally visible in amateur images and also present narrow band versions of this beautiful Planetary Nebula.

You can view more images from Terry Hancock on his Flickr page as well as his Facebook page Down Under Observatory and his website

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Laurel Nendza

Laurel Nendza is the owner and creator of Stellar Eyes.