Messier Objects

Messier 55

Messier 55

Messier 55 (M55), also known as the Summer Rose Star, is a globular cluster located in the constellation Sagittarius. The stars in the cluster are mostly old and red, but M55 also contains an unusually high…

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Messier 54

Messier 54

Messier 54 was the first globular cluster discovered to belong to a different galaxy. It was originally thought to lie at a distance of 50,000 to 65,000 light years from the solar system and be…


Messier 53

Messier 53

Messier 53 (M53) is a globular star cluster located in the northern constellation Coma Berenices. Messier 53 is relatively easy to find as it lies in the same area of the sky as Arcturus, the fourth…


Messier 52

Messier 52 or M52, also known as NGC 7654, is an open cluster of stars in the northern constellation of Cassiopeia. It was discovered by Charles Messier on September 7, 1774. M52 can be seen…


Messier 51 The Whirlpool Galaxy

Messier 51 The Whirlpool Galaxy

The Whirlpool Galaxy is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy with a Seyfert 2 active galactic nucleus. It lies in the constellation Canes Venatici, and was the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral galaxy….


Messier 50

Messier 50

DescriptionVisible From Pacific NorthwestNovember to MarchBest Time To ObserveDecember, January, and FebruaryMinimum Size Of Viewing DeviceSmall TelescopeObject TypeOpen ClusterDesignationsMessier 50, M50, NGC 2323, Collinder 124, OCl 559.0, C 0700-082, MWSC 1072Right Ascension07h 03.2mDeclination-08°20′ConstellationMonocerosNumber Of StarsMore…


Messier 49

Messier 49

The elliptical galaxy M49 was discovered by Charles Messier in 1771. Not only was it the first object discovered in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies, but it was also the first elliptical galaxy detected outside…


Messier 48

Messier 48

Messier 48 (M48) is an open star cluster located in Hydra, the largest constellation in the sky. DescriptionVisible From Pacific NorthwestOctober to MarchBest Time To ObserveJanuary and FebruaryMinimum Size Of Viewing DeviceBinocularsObject TypeOpen ClusterDesignationsMessier 48,…


Messier 47

Messier 47

Messier 47 is an open cluster in the constellation Puppis. It was discovered by Giovanni Batista Hodierna before 1654 and independently discovered by Charles Messier on February 19, 1771. It was later independently discovered again,…


Messier 46

Messier 46

M46 is a rich open cluster, easily visible with binoculars, that’s located in the Milky Way star fields of the constellation of Puppis. The cluster is a relatively large object with an apparent diameter almost…