Messier Monday: A Cluster Beyond Our Galaxy, M79

“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” –Franz Kafka The night sky is our window into the Universe beyond the Solar System, and in some cases, even beyond our own galaxy! Perhaps the oldest useful collection of deep-sky objects, the Messier catalogue showcases 110 of the most prominent night sky wonders, … Read moreMessier Monday: A Cluster Beyond Our Galaxy, M79

Messier Monday: The Most Concentrated Messier Globular, M75

“I would rather have one article a day of this sort; and these ten or twenty lines might readily represent a whole day’s hard work in the way of concentrated, intense thinking and revision, polish of style, weighing of words.” –Joseph Pulitzer When it comes to the Messier objects, though, it isn’t words that get concentrated; … Read moreMessier Monday: The Most Concentrated Messier Globular, M75

Messier Monday: The Top-Heavy Gumball Globular, M12

“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.” –Khalil Gibran It’s time again for another Messier Monday! The Messier Catalogue was the original comprehensive and accurate catalogue of fixed, deep-sky objects visible to any dedicated (northern hemisphere) skywatcher with even the most primitive of astronomical equipment. Over the centuries, … Read moreMessier Monday: The Top-Heavy Gumball Globular, M12

Messier Monday: The Methuselah of Messier Objects, M56

“There is an ancient saying among men that you cannot thoroughly understand the life of mortals before the man has died, then only can you call it good or bad.” -Sophocles Imagine looking up at the night sky — able to survey the full depths of space — with eyes the size of saucers instead … Read moreMessier Monday: The Methuselah of Messier Objects, M56

Messier Monday: Messier's First Globular Cluster, M2

“God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die.” –Bill Watterson Welcome back to another Messier Monday, only here on Starts With A Bang! With each new Monday, we take an in-depth look at a prominently visible random object from Messier’s catalogue … Read moreMessier Monday: Messier's First Globular Cluster, M2

Messier Monday: A Hyper-Smooth Globular Cluster, M5

“The Milky Way is nothing else but a mass of innumerable stars planted together in clusters.” –Galileo Galilei Welcome back to another Messier Monday here on Starts With a Bang! With 110 deep-sky objects making it up, the Messier Catalogue is the first comprehensive, accurate catalogue of faint (but not too faint) fixtures in the night sky. Each object … Read moreMessier Monday: A Hyper-Smooth Globular Cluster, M5

Messier Monday: The Second Greatest Globular in Hercules, M92

“[T]he entire globe will soon be wrapped in a glowing envelope through which none of the magic of the Universe can be seen by the naked eye.” –George Eslinger Welcome to still another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each Monday, we highlight a different one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up the Messier … Read moreMessier Monday: The Second Greatest Globular in Hercules, M92

Messier Monday: A Diffuse, Distant Globular at the End-of-the-Marathon, M72

“Every star may be a sun to someone.” –Carl Sagan Welcome back to yet another Messier Monday! Each week, we highlight one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up the Messier catalogue: Charles Messier’s legacy to comet-hunters and amateur astronomers, pointing out some of the most easily visible deep-sky objects as seen from our … Read moreMessier Monday: A Diffuse, Distant Globular at the End-of-the-Marathon, M72

Messier Monday: The Most Northern Galactic Globular, M53

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if the simplest things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” –Eleanora Duse Welcome to another Messier Monday, where each week we take a look at one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up the Messier … Read moreMessier Monday: The Most Northern Galactic Globular, M53

Messier Monday: The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, M13

“I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I’d rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might have-been has never been, but a has was once an are.” -Milton Berle Welcome to Messier Monday, where we pick … Read moreMessier Monday: The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, M13