Owl nebula

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Owl nebula

(M97; NGC 3587) A relatively large, distinctively shaped planetary nebula in the constellation Ursa Major, about 500 parsecs away.

Owl Nebula

[′au̇l ′neb·yə·lə]
(astronomy)
A large planetary nebula in Ursa Major which has two large, circular darker areas in an otherwise opaque spherical shell.
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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, 0.
One of the more difficult Messier objects, the planetary nebula M97 can be a tricky target from light polluted skies, and unless a large telescope is used it often appears as a faint grey disk with only the vaguest hints of any detail within.
Beware of the galaxies M109 and M108 and the planetary nebula M97 (the Owl).
Situated about 21/4[degrees] southeast of Merak, Beta ([beta]) Ursae Majoris, the dim planetary nebula M97 earned the nickname Owl Nebula from a sketch made by Ireland's Lord Rosse in 1848 that depicted two dark, eyelike patches peering from a round face.