Saturday, August 10, 2013

Ring Nebula (M57)

The Ring Nebula, designated Messier 57, is a planetary Nebula (a nebula are ejecta of dying stars as they turn from a giant into a white dwarf) in the constellation Lyra.  The outer layers of gas are from a dying star like our sun.  You can still see the dying star right in the middle as a tiny pin prick.  The Ring Nebula is about 1 light year across and about 2,000 light years away.

M57, Ring Nebula
5min X 17
Camera: QHY8 F/7
Telescope: Celestron 11" Edge HD guided
Mount: Celestron CGE Pro
Location: Fort Davis, TX
Dates: August 2, 2013

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