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Planetary Nebula Sampler

NGC 650-1

This is a very typical sort of planetary nebula of the "Butterfly" shape variety. Many nebulae are thought to look like this, having 2 lobes (the wings) and a central dense disk. Higher resolution versions (300kb) are available in this orange coloring or in black and white.

Shape: this PN is also known as "the little dumbell" for its appearance

Distance: approx. 3,000 light years

Location: Perseus constellation

Size: 0.7 light years across

Other Links:

Color Image from the NOAO Advanced Observing Program

SEDS Page for M76 (=NGC 650-1)