This planetary nebula is one of the brightest in the sky and can be
seen in the constellation Vulpecula with binoculars. It takes
approx 1000 years for light to reach us from M27.
This is a planetary nebula, and for all of you interested, this is the
type of nebula our sun will produce when nuclear furnace turns
off. This star had grown into a red giant, and sluffing off
layers of gas and has now reached a point where there is a white dwarf
in the center. The dumbbell is one of the brightest nebulae of this
type in the sky,, that is visible with binoculars if you point them
towards the constellation Vulpecula (Fox). The blue and red
are the colors from hydrogen and oxygen. Perhaps, an astronomer
some 1000 light-years away, some billions of years from now will look
into the heavens and record our nebula. Be something to see.
If you would like to see an impressive image of M27, visit Bill Snyder web site. This has to
one of my favorates.