Messier Objects

A list of about 110 astronomical objects compiled by French astronomer Charles Messier at the end of the 18th century. The catalog includes objects such as nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies, and the objects are denoted by an M followed by a number from 1 to 110.

Radio Programs

M15 A fading family of ancient stars Thursday, September 11, 2014
Messier Clusters Logging star clusters in Sagittarius Friday, July 25, 2014
Dumbbell Nebula A blaze of color for a dying star Saturday, July 12, 2014
Messier 3 Tracking down false comets Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Hercules Cluster A starry realm without night Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Supernova Factory A galaxy with a steady supply of fireworks Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Evening Clusters Star clusters for the charioteer Sunday, January 19, 2014
M18 A faint cluster with a bright pedigree Sunday, August 25, 2013
M4 An ancient city of stars Sunday, August 4, 2013
M101 A beautiful galactic neighbor Friday, May 31, 2013
Hercules The strongman strides across the night sky Saturday, May 18, 2013
M35 A crowded stellar neighborhood Friday, January 18, 2013
M2 A distant home for old stars Sunday, January 6, 2013
Capricornus The edge of the celestial sea Friday, October 12, 2012
M11 A flock of young stars Thursday, August 9, 2012
Steamy Sights Steamy sights in the southern sky Thursday, July 26, 2012
Galactic Nests Keeping the chicks close to the nest Sunday, July 22, 2012
M15 Debating a medium-sized black hole Saturday, October 22, 2011
M2 An ancient family of stars Saturday, September 17, 2011
M7 A bright but distant star cluster Sunday, August 28, 2011
The Big Dog A constellation with a bite Friday, March 25, 2011
Cancer A famous but faint constellation Saturday, March 12, 2011
M87 Black Hole Looking for a hidden giant Thursday, March 10, 2011
Young Black Hole Watching an infant black hole Wednesday, March 9, 2011
M46 and M47 Two prominent "families" of stars Saturday, February 26, 2011
Off-Center Black Hole A black hole that's out of position Saturday, August 14, 2010
M101 Outlining a perfect cosmic pinwheel Sunday, June 13, 2010
M81 A "grand design" for a galaxy Saturday, June 12, 2010
M33 A close galactic neighbor Friday, November 27, 2009
M4 A nearby family of old stars Thursday, July 30, 2009
More M87 Illuminating a galaxy's darkness Thursday, May 14, 2009
M87 A galaxy piles up the zeroes Wednesday, May 13, 2009
M5 A giant family of old stars Tuesday, May 12, 2009
M3 A great view of the Milky Way Monday, May 11, 2009
Black-Eye Galaxy A galaxy gets a real shiner Saturday, April 11, 2009

Featured Images

Hubble Space Telescope view of globular cluster M2
Stars Galore Sunday, January 6, 2013
Hubble Space Telescope view of M104, the Sombrero Galaxy
Galactic Hat Dance Monday, July 2, 2012
The star cluster M7
Aging Family Sunday, August 28, 2011
X-ray and radio image of galaxy M87
Close to the Monster Thursday, March 10, 2011
M87 black hole
Busy Black Hole Wednesday, August 11, 2010
An ultraviolet view of the spiral galaxy M81 shows young, hot stars in blue and
Grand Galaxy Saturday, June 12, 2010
Mini Us Friday, November 27, 2009
Crowded Neighborhood Thursday, July 30, 2009
Colorful Nursery Thursday, July 9, 2009
A Big Shiner Saturday, April 11, 2009
Grand Spiral Sunday, April 6, 2008
Stellar Family Friday, August 18, 2006

Resources

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