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The Owl Nebula - M97


Astrophotographer Nils Langner made this image of Jupiter with his Explore Scientific 12-inch f/5 Truss Tube Dobsonian on an equatorial mount designed and built by Langner. No electronic drive system was employed, tracking was pushed by hand. Learn more about this image.

STARMUS Star Party Data from Astronomy Magazine and Explore Scientific

Number 97 in Messier’s catalog, the Owl Nebula is another planetary nebula, the death throes of a sunlike star. Named because they resemble planets in a telescope, they really have nothing to do with planets. This faint and challenging object has two dark “holes” on its eerily glowing disk that appear like eyes, giving the object its name. It lies in Ursa Major.

Distance = 2,000 light-years

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