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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.

Resources

Virgo, the virgin

Virgo October 4, 2011

Cancer, the Crab

Cancer, the Crab October 4, 2011

Radio Programs

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

Triangulum Galaxy A busy member of the Local Group October 5, 2015

Messier 22 “Discovering” an ancient star cluster August 23, 2015

M87 Cluster A cosmic bullet from a black hole April 24, 2015

Galactic Companions Like looking in a galactic mirror April 11, 2015

Featured Images

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