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Messier 76 (Little Dumbbell Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Perseus

Above the horizon.  Circumpolar today
Alt: 84.15°   Az: 84.17°   Direction: East

Messier 76 is a Planetary Nebula in the Perseus constellation. Messier 76 is situated north of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Given its visual magnitude of 10.1, Messier 76 is visible with the help of a binocular with a 80mm aperture or a small telescope.

The image below is a photograph of Messier 76 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 0.5000x0.5000 degrees (30.00x30.00 arcmins).

Image of Messier 76 (Little Dumbbell Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Perseus star
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DSS2 image of Messier 76 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (1.12 arcmin) and minor (1.12 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Celestial Coordinates

Apparent

01h 43m 53s
+51° 41’ 54”
23h 22m 19s
01h 06m 13s

J2000

01h 42m 20s
+51° 34’ 31”

Finder Chart

The simplified sky charts below show the position of Messier 76 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 76 (Little Dumbbell Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Perseus star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 76 (Little Dumbbell Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Perseus.

Finder chart Messier 76 (Little Dumbbell Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Perseus star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 76 (Little Dumbbell Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Perseus.

Photometric Information

The following table lists the magnitude of Messier 76 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).

12.2
10.1

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

Apparent Size

The following table reports Messier 76 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of Messier 76 is a visual representation of it.
1.12 arcmin
1.12 arcmin

Rise and Set Times

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

Messier 76 (Little Dumbbell Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Perseus is circumpolar and transits at 05:38 UTC (altitude: 89.8°)