Digital Image: Messier 3

The latest image from Kissimmee Park Observatory is this shot of the massive globular cluster, Messier 3 (M3 or NGC 5272), which is located in the northern constellation of Canes Venatici, just across the border from Bootes, and about 10 degrees above the bright orange beacon Arcturus. Many amateur astronomers consider it one of the finest northern globular clusters, Read More …

Digital Image – The Owl Nebula

This is Messier 97, better known as the Owl Nebula in Ursa Major. This objects is a planetary nebula located approximately 2,030 light years from Earth. When William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse, observed the nebula through his Leviathan telescope in 1848, his hand-drawn illustration resembled an owl’s head. It has been known as the Owl Nebula ever since. The nebula is Read More …