Messier Objects

Messier 75

Messier 75

Messier 75 is the most centrally concentrated globular cluster in the entire Messier catalogue, with about 400,000 stars. It also known as NGC 6864 and is a globular cluster of stars in the southern constellation…


Messier 74 Phantom Galaxy

Messier 74 Phantom Galaxy

Messier 74, nicknamed the Phantom Galaxy, is a grand design spiral galaxy located in the constellation Pisces. Messier 74 is a perfect example of a grand design spiral galaxy. It has two clearly defined spiral…


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…


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…