SH046 – Find NGC 2403, M108 and The Owl Nebula

In Episode SH046 of Star Hopping…

We’ll examine the Ursa Major region, and show you how to find three more exceptional deep sky targets: The huge spiral galaxy NGC 2403, The Surfboard Galaxy; Messier 108, and the famous Owl Nebula; Messier 97.


Well as the holidays draw even closer, we have some great deep sky objects rising in the northeast. Tonight we’ll be looking at the Ursa Major region, which contains our favorite asterism, the Big Dipper. We talked about the concept of an asterism in Episode 12 of Star Hopping, so check that out for some background information. Also in that episode we checked out the two showpiece galaxies in Ursa Major, M81 and M82, so make sure you check them out when you are finding tonight’s targets.

Not too far away from Bode’s galaxies, the names for M81 and M82, lies another huge galaxy. We’ll find it, right after this break…

Get the rest of the script along with the images and star charts in the Field Notes Guide for this episode!

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Credits for this Episode

  • Star Chart Images & Simulations Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy
  • NGC 2403 image by Martin Pugh
  • M57 image by the Hubble Space Telescope
  • M76 image by Ken Crawford / Rancho del Sol Observatory
  • M108 image bu NOAO / AURA / NSF
  • M97 image by Emil Ivanov

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