The Emerald Eye of Ophiuchus

NGC 6572

NGC 6572
Sketch by Michael Vlasov

According to Stephen O’Meara’s Deep Sky Companion’s, NGC 6572 is 1.5 magnitudes brighter than M57 and five times smaller. This makes for a bright, and as many discover, colorful planetary nebula. Wilhelm von Struve discovered it in 1925 and described it as one of the most curious objects in the heavens, ” a star surrounded by a bright green ellipse of fuzzy light.”

2 thoughts on “The Emerald Eye of Ophiuchus”

  1. Michael,

    Very nice sketch of a rewarding visual planetary nebula. This one looks more of bluish color to my eyes.


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