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M97: The Owl Nebula

Whoo Whoo says astronomical objects don't look like their names? This glowing gas bubble is estimated to be 6000 years old and 1500 light years away. Though subtle, the complex structure of this nebula has proven difficult for astronomers to model on computers.

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-2014

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20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.1

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG STL-6303 CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

Digital Development (DDP) via Maxim/DL was also used in order to display the very dim and very bright details of

the image simultaneously.

Luminance = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Red = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Patricia Wallace/Blythe Guvenen/NOAO/AURA/NSF