My "best in show" for planetary nebulae is Messier 97, the Owl Nebula
Optically bright astronomical objects, those visible to the eye and optical telescopes, often are nicknamed for their earthly likenesses, such as the Whirlpool Galaxy and Owl Nebula
Although I studied the owl nebula
from my southern vantage point, it was much more outstanding with numerous fine details, seeing that it was much higher up, in the northern skies.
I found M 108 by accident while looking for our next target,M97 the Owl nebula
At the right time, though, I can see the Owl Nebula
The Owl Nebula
, M97, is another legendary object I struggled with visually as a beginner.
Another example of this can be seen in Ursa Major,known as the Owl Nebula
, between the stars (Merakand B.
The Southern Owl gets its nickname from its close photographic resemblance to the Owl Nebula
(M97) in Ursa Major.
M97, the 10th-magnitude Owl Nebula
, is a planetary nebula only 2.
DIPPER DECO Near Beta ([beta]) Ursae Majoris in the Big Dipper's bowl is the favorite northern combo at left: the galaxy M108 and the dim, round planetary nebula M97, the Owl Nebula
3) Let's head back north to the Big Dipper for our next prize: the Owl Nebula
, M97, a planetary nebula, the corpse of a dead star.
Careful study reveals two subtly dark patches that earn this planetary its nickname, the Owl Nebula