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Astr110 Photography Projects, Fall 2004

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Little Dumbell Nebula, Billy Hopkins


Little Dumbell Nebula

The type of nebula that you would classify the Little Dumbell Nebula as would be a planetary nebula. These nebulas are created by material that was emitted from a star that gas burned all of it's hydrogen and gathers together to form a nebula. This nebula was discovered in 1780 on September 5 by Pierre Mechain, who promptly reported it's discovery to Charles Messier. This nebula's distance from earth is 3,400 lightyears. It's linear size is about 2.4 lightyears. It has a brightness level of 10.1.

This image definentely shows the dumbell shape for which the nebula was named quite clearly. It has a very bright center and has material branching out in a dumbell shape in either direction. This image looks at the main body edge on, so in reality the main body is actually slightly elipitical.This nebula is among the fainter messier nebulas, though the picture seems to have turned out very well.


Right Ascension (J2000) 01:42.4
Declination (J2000) +51:34
Filters used clear (C))
Exposure time per filter none

November 30, 2004, 8:30 P.M. ET.