M27: The Dumbbell Nebula. The first hint of what will become of our Sun was discovered inadvertently in 1764. At that time, Charles Messier was compiling a list of diffuse objects not to be confused with comets. The 27th object on Messier's list, now known as M27 or the Dumbbell Nebula, is a planetary nebula, the type of nebula our Sun will produce when nuclear fusion stops in its core. M27 is one of the brightest planetary nebulae on the sky.
National Geographic News May 18, 2013 Milky Way flowing into the sea. Madagascar Island east, from French territory Reunion Island coast, it's one fantastic you've taken over the Indian Ocean. Photo Contest and an empty 4th International Earth (Fourth International Earth and Sky Photo Contest), and was elected to the 2-position "beautiful starry sky (Beauty of the Night Sky)" of the department.
Taken by Prosper Henry, 1885. This photograph of the Ring Nebula in the constellation Lyra shows but a three-degree section of the firmament, 1,956 light-years from earth. Once a star similar to our own sun, the nebula was formed when the star exploded, releasing gasses from its outer shell into space.