Messier Objects

Messier 73

Messier 73

Messier 73 is an asterism formed by four physically unrelated stars located in the southern constellation Aquarius. The four stars that form the Y-shaped asterism only appear close to each other in the sky because…

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Messier 72

Messier 72

Messier 72 is a globular star cluster located in the constellation Aquarius, the Water Bearer. Pierre Méchain, a French astronomer and colleague of Charles Messier, discovered the globular cluster M72 in 1780. It was the first of…


Messier 71

Messier 71

Ever since it was discovered in 1746 by the Swiss astronomer Jean-Philippe Loys de Chéseaux, the nature of Messier 71 has been the subject of some questioning. Over the centuries, it has been classified as…


Messier 70

Messier 70

Messier 70 (M70) is a globular cluster located inside the Teapot asterism in the southern constellation Sagittarius. M70 was discovered by Charles Messier in 1780. It is located 30,000 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius….


Messier 69

Messier 69

Messier 69 is a globular star cluster located in the southern constellation Sagittarius. M69 is one of the most metal-rich globular clusters ever observed, which is heavier than hydrogen and helium. The stars in M69…


Messier 68

Messier 68

Discovered by Charles Messier in 1780, Messier 68 is a dense collection of stars known as a globular cluster. Mutual gravitational attraction amongst the hundreds of thousands or even millions of stars in such a…


Messier 67 King Cobra Cluster

Messier 67, nicknamed the King Cobra Cluster, is an open cluster located in the northern constellation Cancer, the Crab. Estimated ages of M67 place it roughly 3.2 and 5 billion years old, which would make this…


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…


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…