M27 – The Dumbbell nebula

This nebula really looks like a dumbbell! It’s the remains of a star that reached its end of life and collapsed into a white dwarf.
When our sun reaches the end of the lifespan it might look in a similar way. The nebula consists of all the gases that were inside the sun before it died.
During its lifetime the sun forges heavier elements from hydrogen (atomic fusion) which also needed for life, the contents of that nebula will one day be content of a new star system.

The nebula itself is located roughly 1000 light years from earth and is expanding at the speed of 31 km/s

Taken with the GSO RC 8″ (1620mm, f/8), the Canon 7D Mark II and the Celestron Advanced VX mount
13x 600s exposures at ISO800 stacked and post-processed in PixInsight

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