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Messier 97 (Owl Nebula) - Planetary Nebula

Messier 97 is a Planetary Nebula in the Ursa Major constellation. Messier 97 is situated north of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere.

Messier 97
Planetary Nebula
Ursa Major
  • Messier 97 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Its current altitude is 52° above the horizon. See also rise and set times.
  • Given its visual magnitude of 9.9, Messier 97 is visible with the help of a binocular with a 80mm aperture or a small telescope.
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Photometric information of Messier 97

The following table lists the magnitude of Messier 97 in different bands of the electomagnetic spectrum (when available), from the B band (445nm wavelength, corresponding to the Blue color), to the V band ( 551nm wavelength, corresponding to Green/Yellow color), to the J, H, K bands (corresponding to 1220nm, 1630nm, 2190nm wavelengths respectively, which are colors not visible to the human eye).

11.6
9.9
16.71

For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.

Apparent size of Messier 97

The following table reports Messier 97 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of Messier 97 is a visual representation of it.
2.83 arcmin
2.83 arcmin

Digitized Sky Survey image of Messier 97

The image below is a photograph of Messier 97 from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins).

Image of Messier 97 (Owl Nebula) - Planetary Nebula star
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DSS2 image of Messier 97 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (2.83 arcmin) and minor (2.83 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Messier 97

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of Messier 97 are provided in the following table:

11h 14m 48s
+55° 01’ 08”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of Messier 97 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.

Finder chart Messier 97 (Owl Nebula) - Planetary Nebula star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 97 (Owl Nebula) - Planetary Nebula.

Finder chart Messier 97 (Owl Nebula) - Planetary Nebula star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 97 (Owl Nebula) - Planetary Nebula.

Rise ans set times of Messier 97 from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Messier 97 (Owl Nebula) - Planetary Nebula is circumpolar and transits at 13:41 UTC (altitude: 86.5°)