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Messier Catalog M57

M57 (NGC 6720) - Ring Nebula

Messier M57 (NGC 6720), also known as the Ring Nebula, is a planetary nebula located in the constellation Lyra, in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. in the Local Group of galaxies.

Messier M57 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 9.5*, and can be viewed with large binoculars. It is 1.4 x 1' in size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Ring Nebula
      1. Type:
      2. planetary nebula
      1. NGC:
      2. 6720
      1. Magnitude (m):
      2. 9.5
      1. Viewing:
      2. large binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 1.4 x 1'
      1. RA:
      2. 18h 53.6m
      1. Dec:
      2. 33 2'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Orion Arm
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.



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