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M57 Gallery

The Ring Nebula is a Planetary Nebula in the constellation of Lyra discovered in 1779 by Antoine Darquier de Pellepoix. It is about 2,300 light years away from earth. The central star is a White Dwarf that has about 1.2 times the mass of the sun. M57 is a bipolar nebula. The image shows the nebula embedded into numerous stars of the Milky Way. The faint outer shells become visible mainly in the light of Hα.


  1. M57 (Ring Nebula)

  2. M57 (Ring Nebula) -enlarged

  3. M57 (Ring Nebula) - Luminance