My Observation:

Taken: 27 April 2024 at 1:28AM EST

Equipment: Unistellar Equinox2

General Information:

  • Messier Designation: M57
  • Type: Planetary Nebula
  • Distance from Earth: 2000 light years

The Ring Nebula, also known as Messier 57 (M57), is a stellar nebula located approximately 2000 light years away from Earth. It is a striking example of a planetary nebula, formed when a dying star sheds its outer layers of gas, creating a ring-like structure of glowing gas and dust. The central star, a white dwarf, is the remnant of the star that once existed in the center of the nebula. The Ring Nebula is a popular target for amateur astronomers due to its bright and distinctive appearance in the night sky.

Additional Details from NASA:

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