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Blinking Planetary Nebula

C15, NGC 6826, PK 83+12.1

Proper NameBlinking Planetary Nebula
Caldwell NumberC15
NGC/IC NumberNGC 6826
Right Ascension19h 44m 48s
Declination+50° 31' 30"
Distancec.2,000 light years
c.610 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +8.9
Absolute: -1.6
Mean DiameterApparent: 2.1'
Actual: 2.5 light years
Associated starHD 186924
Optimum VisibilityJuly / August (Usually visible from northern latitudes)
NotesA nebula formed from a shell of expanding material expanding from the hot central star HD 186924, with two pronounced jets of gas emerging on opposing sides. The nebula takes its name from the 'blinking' technique which helps make the object more visible through lower-power telescopes.


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