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M57 - The Ring Nebula (M57, NGC 6720)

It looked like a ring on the sky. Hundreds of years ago astronomers noticed a nebula with a most unusual shape. Now known as M57 or NGC 6720, the gas cloud became popularly known as the Ring Nebula.  It is now known to be a planetary nebula, a gas cloud emitted at the end of a Sun-like star's existence. As one of the brightest planetary nebula in the sky, the Ring Nebula can be seen with a small telescope in the constellation of Lyra. The Ring Nebula lies about 4,000 light years away, and is roughly 500 times the diameter of our Solar System.[*]

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  My first shot at the Ring Nebula

Taken on 6/25/07
Orion ED80
Prime Focus
8 - 1 minute exposures
ISO 800
Unmodified Canon Rebel XT 350D



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