Messier Objects

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…

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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…


Messier 56

Messier 56

Messier 56 is a globular cluster in the constellation Lyra. It was discovered by Charles Messier on January 19, 1779. The cluster is located almost midway along an imaginary line between Albireo and Sulafat. Astronomers…


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…


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…