NGC 7027


NGC 7027 is a very young (only about 600 years old) and dense planetary nebula located roughly 3,000 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus. NGC 7027 is one of the visually brightest planetary nebulae. In a 6-in telescope at 50x it appears as a relatively bright bluish star. At magnifications around 180x it has a vaguely ursine shape which has led to the nickname “Gummy Bear Nebula”. It is best viewed with the highest magnification possible. This image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Image Credit: NASA

2 thoughts on “NGC 7027

  1. What’s so charming is that Mr. Hoge discusses moderate backyard astronomy tools; then with no irony at all drops this bon mot

    “It is best viewed with the highest magnification possible. This image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.”

  2. Pingback: In The Mailbox: 01.10.18 : The Other McCain

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