Night Sky: Perseid Meteor shower, nebulae views, and more highlights for August

This is M27, the Dumbbell Nebula. It was discovered by Charles Messier in 1764. The name “Dumbbell” is credited to John Herschel, (son of William Herschel). He thought it looked like the double-headed shot commonly used for hunting, which are called “dumbbells.” M27 is a good target to find with a pair of binoculars. On […]

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