Owl Nebula, picture of March of Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec
Each month the Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec (OAdM) of IEEC publishes an outstanding image from the observations made. In March, the protagonist of the picture of the month is the Owl Nebula.


Owl Nebula, also catalogued as M97, lies about 2600 light years away in the constellation Ursa Major. This planetary nebula has a characteristic rounded shape, with two dark regions, suggesting the face of an owl watching us. In fact, it is the remains of the envelope of a sun-like star after thermonuclear reactions inside. This is an example of what will be the fate of the Sun in about 5000 million years.

The image was made with the Joan Oró telescope, at the Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec, by using different broad-band filters and a total time of 1.5 hours of exposure.
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