M97, The Owl Nebula or NGC 3587 is a planetary nebula in the Ursa Major. It was discovered by French astronomer Pierre Méchain on February 16, 1781. When William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse, observed the nebula in 1848, his drawing looked like an owl’s head and it has been known as the Owl Nebula ever since.
It is reasonably bright and imaging with an OIII filter will really help bring out the contrast in our light polluted skies.
Images by Neil Webster
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