Messier Monday: A Big, Blue, Bright Baby Cluster, M47

“Do not look at stars as bright spots only. Try to take in the vastness of the universe.” –Maria Mitchell It’s time again for Messier Monday, where we highlight the various wonderous deep-sky objects of the night, and show you how to find them against the expansive backdrop of stars. The (almost) full Moon is … Read moreMessier Monday: A Big, Blue, Bright Baby Cluster, M47

Messier Monday: The Gateway Galaxy to Virgo, M60

“The thing’s hollow—it goes on forever—and—oh my God—it’s full of stars!” –Dave Bowman, 2001: A Space Odyssey Back in October, we began a new, weekly series here called Messier Monday. Each Monday, we’ve taken a look at one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up the Messier Catalogue, nebulous objects that might potentially be … Read moreMessier Monday: The Gateway Galaxy to Virgo, M60

Messier Monday: A Great Galactic Controversy, M102

“Men… have had the vanity to pretend that the world creation was made for them, whilst in reality the whole creation does not suspect their existence.” –Camille Flammarion Welcome to the latest — and most controversial — Messier Monday, where each week, I’ll take a look at one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up … Read moreMessier Monday: A Great Galactic Controversy, M102