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M76, Little Dumbbell Nebula

Messier 76, also called the Little Dumbbell Nebula, is a planetary nebula in the constellation Perseus. It was discovered by Pierre M├ęchain in 1780. Distance to M76 is currently estimated as 780 parsecs or 2,500 light years, making the average dimensions about 0.378 pc. (1.23 ly.) across. The total nebula shines at the apparent magnitude of +10.1 with its central star at +15.9v (16.1B) magnitude. The Little Dumbbell Nebula derives its common name from its resemblance to the Dumbbell Nebula (M27) in Vulpecula.

Name and aliases M 76, HD 10346, NGC 651, NGC 650
Common names Barbell Nebula, Cork Nebula, Little Dumbbell Nebula
Type Planetary Nebula
Coordinates 01:42:19.65 +51:34:31.5
Radial velocity -23.6 km/s
Magnitude 10.1 (V)
Size 3.1 (arcminutes)
Spectral type DOZ
Link Simbad
Link HyperLeda

Messier 76, Little Dumbbell Nebula

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