Messier Monday: An All-Season Cluster, M35 (Synopsis)

“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.” –Henri Matisse

But the surrounding fog might not come from our minds nor from our world, but rather from the plane of the galaxy itself. Nevertheless, the brightest clusters — the ones placed serendipitously — are clearly visible (and quite spectacular) from our vantage point here on Earth.

Image credit: Messier 35 by Jorge Garcia, via http://www.pbase.com/image/91887467.
Image credit: Messier 35 by Jorge Garcia, via http://www.pbase.com/image/91887467.

One of my favorites, and one of the greatest views of a star cluster offered to skywatchers everywhere during practically the entire year, belongs to the highlight of today’s Messier Monday.

Image credit: Kfir Simon / Tango33 of PBase, via http://www.pbase.com/tango33/image/148456367&exif=Y.
Image credit: Kfir Simon / Tango33 of PBase, via http://www.pbase.com/tango33/image/148456367&exif=Y.

It’s Messier 35, our final star cluster (and next to last object) from the entire Messier Catalogue!