Object name: M027
M27, the Dumbbell Nebula is located in the faint constellation of Vulpecula the fox. I've never seen it looking like a dumbbell though many apparently do. It was discovered by Charles Messier July 12, 1764. It was apparently the first planetary nebula ever found but it wasn't recognized as that until William Herschel coined the term for some other planetary nebulae he saw. He gave them that name as they looked a lot like Uranus that he had found earlier being a small blue-green disk. M27 if far larger then these being much closer. SEDS puts it at 1250 light-years distant. Other distance estimates are as close as 490 light years. Most put it about 1200 to 1400 light-years.
Related Designation(s):1RXS J195936.2+224309, 2MASS J19593637+2243159, 2MASX J19593637+2243157, 87GB 195727.5+223447, 87GB[BWE91] 1957+2234, gam Sge:[GR2015] 019, gam Sge:[GR2015] 019a, M027, MESSIER 027, MG2 J195937+2243, MG3 J195935+2242, NGC 6853, PN G060.8-03.6, SSTSL2 J195936.37+224315.6, [WB92] 1957+2234,