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February 10, 2003 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2003-06

Close-up of M27, the Dumbbell Nebula

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: NGC 6853, M27, Dumbbell Nebula
Object Description: Planetary Nebula
Position (J2000): R.A. 19h 59m 36.26s
Dec. +22° 43' 15.6"
Constellation: Vulpecula
Distance: 1240 light-years (380 parsecs)
Dimensions: The image is roughly 2.1 arcminutes (0.8 light-years or 48,000 Astronomical Units) in width.
About the Data
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): November 19, 2001
Exposure Time: 2.4 hours
Filters: F502N ([O III]), F547M (Strömgren y), F656N (H-alpha), F658N ([N II]), F673 ([S II])
Principal Astronomers: C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University), B. Balick (U. Washington), A. Burkert (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy-Heidelberg), A. Hajian (USNO), W. Henney (UNAM, Morelia)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: February 10, 2003
Orientation: Close-Up of M27, the Dumbbell Nebula