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public LocationGreenwich, UK
TimezoneEurope/London
Sunrise: 4:43 
Transit: 13:01 
Sunset: 21:18
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Messier 57 (Ring Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Lyra

Above the horizon.  Rise: 15:59 | Tran: 1:38 | Set: 11:14
Altitude: 46.7°   Azimuth: 266.7°   Direction: West

Messier 57 is a Planetary Nebula in the Lyra constellation. Messier 57 is situated north of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere.

The image below is a photograph of Messier 57 from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins).

Image of Messier 57 (Ring Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Lyra star
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DSS2 image of Messier 57 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (1.27 arcmin) and minor (1.27 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Key facts about Messier 57

Messier 57
Planetary Nebula
Lyra

Messier 57 is above the horizon from Greenwich, UK.

Altitude: 46.7°
Azimuth: 266.7°
Direction: West

See also Messier 57 rise and set times.

Given its visual magnitude of 8.8, Messier 57 is visible with the help of a binocular with a 60-70mm aperture or a small telescope.

Available Resources for Messier 57 (Ring Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Lyra

Photometric information of Messier 57

The following table lists the magnitude of Messier 57 in different bands of the electomagnetic spectrum (when available), from the B band (445nm wavelength, corresponding to the Blue color), to the V band ( 551nm wavelength, corresponding to Green/Yellow color), to the J, H, K bands (corresponding to 1220nm, 1630nm, 2190nm wavelengths respectively, which are colors not visible to the human eye).

9.7
8.8
16.4

For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.

Apparent size of Messier 57

The following table reports Messier 57 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of Messier 57 is a visual representation of it.
1.27 arcmin
1.27 arcmin

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Messier 57

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of Messier 57 are provided in the following table:

18h 53m 35s
+33° 01’ 42”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of Messier 57 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.

Finder chart Messier 57 (Ring Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Lyra star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 57 (Ring Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Lyra.

Finder chart Messier 57 (Ring Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Lyra star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 57 (Ring Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Lyra.

Rise and set times of Messier 57 from your location

Location: Greenwich, UK
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Messier 57 (Ring Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Lyra rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 57.0°
Max altitude: 71.5°
Azimuth: 303.0°