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M97 - The Owl Nebula

Taken by: Bob Finnigan and Lee Green
Date: 5/15/2011
Exposure: 60-15-15-15 LRGB

The Owl Nebula is a planetary nebula in the contellation Ursa Major whose central lobes are likened to the eyes of an owl. The outer hydrogen shell and the inner oxygen-rich shell contribute to the contrasting colors of this beautiful object.