Messier Objects

Messier 66

Messier 66

Messier 66, the brightest and largest member of the Leo Triplet of galaxies, is an intermediate spiral galaxy located in Leo constellation. It was discovered by French astronomer Charles Messier[8] on March 1, 1780, who…

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Messier 65

Messier 65

Messier 65, also known as NGC 3623, is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 35 million light-years away in the constellation Leo. It was discovered by Charles Messier in 1780. Along with M66 and NGC 3628,…


Messier 64 Black Eye Galaxy

Messier 64 Black Eye Galaxy

Easily identified by the spectacular band of absorbing dust partially obscuring its bright nucleus, M64, or the Black Eye galaxy, is characterized by its bizarre internal motion. The gas in the outer regions of this…


Messier 63 Sunflower Galaxy

Messier 63 Sunflower Galaxy

The Sunflower Galaxy got its name from its yellow core and the shape of its arms resembling a sunflower. DescriptionVisible From Pacific NorthwestDecember To JuneBest Time To ObserveFebruary, March, and AprilMinimum Size Of Viewing DeviceMedium…


Messier 62

Messier 62 is known for being one of the most irregularly shaped globular clusters in our galaxy. This might be because it is one of the closest globular clusters to the center of our galaxy…


Messier 61

Messier 61

DescriptionVisible From Pacific NorthwestDecember to MayBest Time To ObserveMarch, April, and MayMinimum Size Of Viewing DeviceSmall/Medium Sized TelescopeObject TypeBarred Spiral GalaxyDesignationsMessier 61, M61, NGC 4303, PGC 040001, UGC 07420, MCG +01-32-022, USGC U490 NED310, MRC…


Messier 60

Messier 60

Messier 60 is a giant elliptical galaxy located in the constellation Virgo. The galaxy has an apparent magnitude of 9.8 and lies at an approximate distance of 55 million light years from Earth. It has…


Messier 59

Messier 59

Messier 59 is an elliptical galaxy located in the southern constellation Virgo.  DescriptionVisible From Pacific NorthwestLater Night January to Early Nights JuneBest Time To ObserveMarch and AprilMinimum Size Of Viewing DeviceLarger TelescopeObject TypeElliptical GalaxyDesignationsMessier 59, M59,…


Messier 58

Messier 58

Messier 58 was one of the first galaxies recognized to have a spiral shape and is one of four barred spiral galaxies in Messier’s entire catalog. A lack of hydrogen in the spiral galaxy and…


Messier 57 The Ring Nebula

Messier 57, otherwise known as the Ring Nebula, is a planetary nebula, the glowing remains of a sun-like star. The tiny white dot in the center of the nebula is the star’s hot core, called…