Messier Objects

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…


Messier 52

Messier 52 or M52, also known as NGC 7654, is an open cluster of stars in the northern constellation of Cassiopeia. It was discovered by Charles Messier on September 7, 1774. M52 can be seen…


Messier 51 The Whirlpool Galaxy

Messier 51 The Whirlpool Galaxy

The Whirlpool Galaxy is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy with a Seyfert 2 active galactic nucleus. It lies in the constellation Canes Venatici, and was the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral galaxy….


Messier 50

Messier 50

DescriptionVisible From Pacific NorthwestNovember to MarchBest Time To ObserveDecember, January, and FebruaryMinimum Size Of Viewing DeviceSmall TelescopeObject TypeOpen ClusterDesignationsMessier 50, M50, NGC 2323, Collinder 124, OCl 559.0, C 0700-082, MWSC 1072Right Ascension07h 03.2mDeclination-08°20′ConstellationMonocerosNumber Of StarsMore…