The Dumbbell nebula (sometimes called Messier 27, M 27, or NGC 6853) is a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula. It is about 1,360 light years away from earth. The Dumbbell nebula was the first planetary nebula to be discovered; by Charles Messier in 1764.
- SEDS Messier page on M27
- M27 Dumbbell Nebula
- M27 image taken by Stargazer Observatory Archived 2008-11-20 at the Wayback Machine