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Owl Nebula (M97, NGC3587) Facts

Owl Nebula (M97, NGC3587) Facts Planetary Nebula in Ursa Major

Owl Nebula (M97, NGC3587) is a planetary nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 2030 light years away in the constellation of Ursa Major.

It is referred to as M(97) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(3587) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.

The Planetary Nebula's location is 11:14.8 (R.A.) and +55:01 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 10.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 3.4x3.3 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

Owl nebula (M97,NGC3587) is a planetary nebula. It was discovered in 1781 by Pierre Mechain. It's location is RA(11:14.8), Dec(+55:01) and its distance is calculated 2.03 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 9.9. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 3.4x3.3.

Fact File


NameOwl Nebula (M97, NGC3587)
TypePlanetary Nebula
Messier Id97
NGC Id3587
ConstellationUrsa Major
Right Ascension11:14.8
Declination+55:01
Distance (Lt.Yr)2030
Apparent Dimension3.4x3.3
Visual / Apparent Magnitude10.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1781
DiscovererPierre Mechain


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