Planetary nebula M76

Messier 76 (NGC 650), the "Little Dumbbell" planetary nebula in Perseus, shown in a color-composite BVR CCD image taken with the 1-meter Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope (JKT), operated by the SARA consortium on the island of La Palma. The changing contribution of various ions give the color differences across the nebula.

In contrast to the color image, this image emphasizes H-alpha emission bring out both the bipolar inner structure and the faint outer loops of ionized gas. This image used the 1-meter SARA telescope at Kit peak, and was taken during the 2016 Live Astronomy events at DragonCon.

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