Messier Monday: The Owl Nebula, M97

Messier Monday: The Owl Nebula, M97

The first recorded sketch of the Owl Nebula comes from Lord Rosse in the 1840s, and he's the one who coined the term \"Owl Nebula.\" The Owl Nebula has also been looked at in ultraviolet light, which uniquely shows off the gas surrounding the nebula. For an object 2,600 light years away, this owl-eyed nebula isn't even as unique as you might think, as there's a Southern Owl Nebula, too! Viewed side-by-side with the \"regular\" Owl Nebula, M97, there's a difference in the elemental composition of these nebulae, but there's a striking resemblance. And that's Messier 97, the Owl Nebula!

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