Nightscapes & Deep Sky Colors
Astrophotography © Brian A. Morganti
M97 Owl Nebula + M108 Galaxy
|In the lower left of this image is the
Owl Nebula, a ghost-like
outer shell of gas that was
blown off by a dying star.
The Owl Nebula is about
3,000 light years from Earth, but even small telescopes can detect
the faint hollow eyes of the nebula, which earned its name in 1848.
The Owl Nebula fits into a class
of nebula known as Planetary Nebula, which are generally small, but
colorful deep sky objects suitable for viewing and imaging with
larger amateur telescopes. In the upper right of this image,
Galaxy M108 lies over 1,000 times
farther away, at a distance of 45 million light-years. It's
spiral arms form is concealed by its nearly edge-on orientation to
our angle of view.
North is up in the above image.