It is one of the brightest planetary nebulae on the sky -- what should it be named?
First discovered in 1878, nebula
NGC 7027 can be seen toward the
constellation of the Swan (Cygnus) with a
standard backyard telescope.
Partly because it appears there as only an indistinct spot,
it is rarely referred to with a moniker.
When imaged with the Earth-orbiting
Hubble Space Telescope,
however, great details are revealed.
Studying Hubble images of
have led to the
that it is a
that began expanding about
600 years ago,
and that the cloud of gas and dust is unusually massive as it
appears to contain about three times the mass of our Sun.
in assigned colors, the resolved, layered, and dust-laced features of NGC 7027 might remind
sky enthusiasts of a familiar icon that could be the basis for an informal name.
Please feel free to
make suggestions --
some suggestions are being recorded, for example, in an
online APOD discussion forum.
Hubble Legacy Archive,
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