Planetary Nebula NGC 6772


The planetary nebula was discovered by William Herschel on 21st July 1784 using his 18.7" reflecting telescope. He cataloged it as IV 14 (class IV = planetary nebula) and noted: «Very faint of equal light. resolvable 1' diameter in the midst of numberless stars of the milky way» [463] J. L. E. Dreyer listed it 1888 as NGC 6772 in his famous «New General Catalogue» [313]

Physical Properties

NGC 6772 is with a dynamical age of circa 11'000 years one of the older planetary nebulae. It's morphology is that of an elliptical shell with apparent distortion along the north-east to south-west axis. This structure may be a result of interactions between the expanding shell and the interstellar medium (ISM) [538]

«Strasbourg-ESO Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae» Acker et al., 1992 [141]
Designations PN G033.1-06.3: NGC 6772, PK 33-06.1, ARO 102, Sa 2-384, VV 224, VV' 486
Right Ascension (J2000.0) 19h 14m 28s
Declination (J2000.0) -02° 42' 26"
Dimensions 64." (optical), 90." (radio)
Distance 1.3 : kpc
Radial Velocity 0.0 ± 4.0 km/s
Expansion Velocity 10.2 (O-III) 25. (N-II) km/s
C-Star Designations AG82 355
C-Star Magnitude B: 19.02, V: 18.68
Discoverer PICKERING 1879

Finder Chart

The planetary nebula NGC 6772 is located in the constellation Aquila. The best time to observe it is during the months of June to September.

Finder Chart Planetary Nebula NGC 6772
Planetary Nebula NGC 6772 in constellation Aquila. 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°


  • [141] Strasbourg-ESO Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae; A. Acker, F. Ochsenbein, B. Stenholm, R. Tylenda, J. Marcout, C. Schohn; European Southern Observatory; ISBN 3-923524-41-2 (1992);;
  • [149] SkySafari 6 Pro, Simulation Curriculum;
  • [160] The STScI Digitized Sky Survey;
  • [313] «A New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars, being the Catalogue of the late Sir John F.W. Herschel, Bart., revised, corrected, and enlarged» Dreyer, J. L. E. (1888); Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society. 49: 1–237; Bibcode:1888MmRAS..49....1D
  • [463] «Catalogue of one thousand new nebulae and clusters of stars» William Herschel, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1 January 1786; DOI:10.1098/rstl.1786.0027
  • [538] «A New Radio Molecular Line Survey of Planetary Nebulae: HNC/HCN as a Diagnostic of Ultraviolet Irradiation» Jesse Bublitz, Joel H. Kastner, Miguel Santander-García, Valentin Bujarrabal, Javier Alcolea, Rodolfo Montez Jr; A&A 625, A101 (2019); arXiv:arXiv:1904.08440; DOI:10.1051/0004-6361/201834408