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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.


Virgo, the virgin

Virgo October 4, 2011

Cancer, the Crab

Cancer, the Crab October 4, 2011

Featured Images

Messier 22

Lightness and Darkness August 17, 2020

Hubble Space Telescope view of Messier 10

Impressive Family May 31, 2020

Messier 34 and Messier 36

Young and Younger March 20, 2020

Messier 7

Distant Sparklers August 24, 2019

Messier 11

A Big Cluster July 29, 2019

Ring Nebula

Last Gasp July 4, 2019

Messier 10

Crowded Cluster June 19, 2019

Combined optical, infrared view of the Crab Nebula

Colorful Crab April 19, 2018

M97, the Owl Nebula, in Ursa Major

It's a Hoot March 17, 2018

Sirius, Mirzam, and M41 in Canis Major, the big dog

Doggie Treats March 11, 2018

messier 48

Double Discovery February 11, 2018

Messier 11, the Wild Duck Cluster

Wild Duck August 27, 2017

The spiral galaxy Messier 77

Spiral Beauty July 12, 2017

VLT image of three galactic nebulae: M17, M16, and Sharpless 2-54

Galactic Nurseries June 29, 2017

Hubble Space Telescope view of galaxy M100

Grand Spiral April 19, 2017

Hubble Space Telescope view of globular cluster M2

Stars Galore January 6, 2013

Hubble Space Telescope view of M104, the Sombrero Galaxy

Galactic Hat Dance July 2, 2012

The star cluster M7

Aging Family August 28, 2011

X-ray and radio image of galaxy M87

Close to the Monster March 10, 2011

M87 black hole

Busy Black Hole August 11, 2010

An ultraviolet view of the spiral galaxy M81 shows young, hot stars in blue and

Grand Galaxy June 12, 2010

Radio Programs

Sagittarius Cluster Extra black holes in a star cluster August 17, 2020

Sagittarius Nurseries Starbirth in the Milky Way August 16, 2020

Population II Stars Stars young and old in the Milky Way August 11, 2020

Nesting Stars Keeping the chicks close to the nest June 26, 2020

Ophiuchan Clusters A plenitude of star clusters May 31, 2020

Southern Pinwheel Pinwheeling across the southern sky April 28, 2020

Messier 53 Stars all around, galaxy below April 27, 2020

Bright Galaxies Sniffing out some bright galaxies April 5, 2020

Counting Candles Counting stellar birthday candles March 20, 2020

Auriga Clusters Clustering around the charioteer December 15, 2019

Adopted Cluster The Milky Way adopts a star cluster November 30, 2019

Spicy Clusters Making sausage in the Milky Way November 29, 2019

Dumbbell Nebula A blaze of color for a dying star September 25, 2019

Moon in the Beehive Stars buzzing near the Moon August 27, 2019

Messier 7 A far but bright star cluster August 24, 2019

Messier 11 Fast living for stellar siblings July 29, 2019

Messier 10 Rejuvenation for some old stars June 19, 2019

Messier 3 A cluster with a great view April 29, 2019

More Hercules Some of the galaxy’s oldest residents May 15, 2018

Hercules The strongman climbs high May 14, 2018

Black-Eye Galaxy Giving a galaxy a black eye May 13, 2018

Close Clusters Two star clusters that stick together May 12, 2018

Messier 48 A cluster that was discovered twice February 11, 2018

M71 A star cluster faces a rough ride August 28, 2017

Wild Duck Cluster Measuring the age of some wild ducks August 27, 2017

Future Resident A future resident of the Milky Way August 11, 2017

Messier 5 Some of the oldest stars in the galaxy June 11, 2017

M100 The grandeur of a spiral galaxy April 19, 2017

M82 A gas crisis for a vigorous galaxy March 26, 2017

Messier 39 Taking a wider view of a star cluster September 4, 2016

Butterfly Nebula A short-lived celestial butterfly August 6, 2016

Scorpius Clusters Families of stars in the scorpion July 24, 2016

Grand M81 A “grand design” for a galaxy May 24, 2016