Planetary Nebula Abell 28


The planetary nebula Abell 28 was discovered in 1955 by the American astronomer George Ogden Abell on the photo plates of the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS). In 1955 he published a first list of 13 globular clusters and the positions of 73 planetary nebulae. The PN was then listed as number 18 (A55 18). In 1966 Abell published a completed list including the size and description of the 86 planetary nebulae discovered on the POSS photo plates. The PN was then listed as nebula 28 (A66 28). He described the morphological appearance of the PN as «B» (a homogeneous ring). [331, 332]

The designation PK 158+37.1 originates from the two Czechoslovak astronomers Luboš Perek and Luboš Kohoutek, who in 1967 compiled a catalog of all the planetary nebulae of the Milky Way known at the time. [146]

Physical Properties

«Strasbourg-ESO Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae» Acker et al., 1992 [141]
Designations PN G158.8+37.1: A 28, PK 158+37.1, A55 18, VV' 78
Right Ascension (J2000.0) 08h 41m 35s
Declination (J2000.0) +58° 13' 54"
Dimensions 270." (optical)
Radial Velocity -2.0 km/s
Expansion Velocity 4. (O-III) 3. (N-II) km/s
C-Star Designations AG82 105
C-Star Magnitude V: 17.4
C-Star Spectral Type IUE obsns
Discoverer ABELL 1955

Finder Chart

The planetary nebula Abell 28 is in the constellation Ursa Maior. It is best observed from November to July.

Finder Chart Planetary Nebula Abell 28
Planetary Nebula Abell 28 in constellation Ursa Maior. Charts created using SkySafari 6 Pro and STScI Digitized Sky Survey. Limiting magnitudes: Constellation chart ~6.5 mag, DSS2 close-ups ~20 mag. [149, 160]

Objects Within a Radius of 15°