Messier Objects


Messier 107

Messier 107

Messier 107 is a globular cluster located in the constellation Ophiuchus. Messier 107 is a class X globular cluster, which means that it is very loose, with a very open stellar distribution. M107 has several…


Messier 106

Messier 106

Messier 106 is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Canes Venatici, the Hunting Dogs. It is similar in size and luminosity to the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and is one of the brightest, largest nearby…


Messier 105

Messier 105

Messier 105 is a member of the M96 Group, Leo I Group, a group of galaxies that also includes Messier 95, Messier 96, and at least 21 fainter members. M105 is the brightest elliptical galaxy…


Messier 104 Sombrero Galaxy

Messier 104, also known as the Sombrero Galaxy, is a majestic unbarred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Virgo. Messier 104 has an incredibly bright nucleus, an unusually large central bulge, and a conspicuous dark…


Messier 103

Messier 103

Messier 103 is an open star cluster located in the northern constellation Cassiopeia. Messier 103 is one of the smallest and most remote open clusters known, as it contains 172 confirmed members. DescriptionVisible From Pacific…


Messier 102 The Spindle Galaxy

Messier 102 The Spindle Galaxy

Messier 102 (M102), also known as the Spindle Galaxy, is an edge-on lenticular galaxy located in the northern constellation Draco. Observers in the Pacific Northwest can view the galaxy throughout the year as it is…


Messier 101 Pinwheel Galaxy

Messier 101 Pinwheel Galaxy

Containing over 1 trillion stars, the Messier 101 Pinwheel Galaxy is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear. The galaxy appears face-on and the galaxy is quite large, but has…


Messier 100

Messier 100

Messier 100 is a starburst galaxy, with strongest bursts of star formation concentrated within a ring in the centre of the galaxy. The ring is in fact two tightly wound spiral arms connected to a…


Messier 99 Coma Pinwheel

Messier 99 Coma Pinwheel

Messier 99, also known as the Coma Pinwheel or Virgo Cluster Pinwheel, is an unbarred spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices. It is one of the brighter spiral galaxies in the Virgo Cluster and appears almost face-on, which makes…