Saturday, 7 February 2009

Messier objects

Astronomical objects which resemble, but are not, comets. From French astronomer and comet-hunter Charles Messier's list of non-comet objects, first published in 1771. For more info see the Wikipedia page here

Crab Nebula
Butterfly Cluster
Ptolemy Cluster
Lagoon Nebula
Wild duck Cluster
Great Globular Cluster in Hercules
Pegasus Cluster
Eagle Nebula
Omega Nebula
Trifid Nebula
Sagittarius Cluster
Sagittarius Star Cloud
Dumbbell Nebula
Andromeda Galaxy
Triangulum Galaxy
Winnecke 4
Orion Nebula
De Mairan's Nebula
Beehive Cluster
Whirlpool Galaxy
Ring Nebula
Sunflower Galaxy
Black Eye Galaxy
Little dumbbell Nebula
Bode's Galaxy
Cigar Galaxy
Southern Pinwheel Galaxy
Radio Galaxy Virgo A
Owl Nebula
Pinwheel Galaxy
Sombrero Galaxy


harvey molloy said...

Two of these are very easy to see. The Pleiades are a massive open luster obviously visible to the naked eye. The Orion Nebulae is visible with any pair of binoculars: all you do is point the binocs at the sword just beloe the Hunter's belt and bingo! Well worth it if you've never given it a go.