Messier Monday: A Galactic Highlight to Ring in the New Year, M96

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” –John Wayne There’s a lot to look forward to on the precipice of the new year, and many of us will … Read moreMessier Monday: A Galactic Highlight to Ring in the New Year, M96

Messier Monday: The 'Little Sister' Cluster, M46

“A sister is both your mirror – and your opposite.” –Elizabeth Fishel With 110 deep-sky wonders to choose from in the Messier catalogue, our long-running series on Messier Monday promises to keep us busy for some time to come! As we’ve finally passed the winter solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere, many new spectacular sights … Read moreMessier Monday: The 'Little Sister' Cluster, M46

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: A Spiral with an Active Black Hole, M106

“The proverb warns that ‘You should not bite the hand that feeds you.’ But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.” –Thomas Szasz But on this Messier Monday, you’re lucky enough that you’re about to be introduced to one of the great northern galaxies of the Messier catalogue that is feeding itself! There … Read moreMessier Monday: A Spiral with an Active Black Hole, M106

Messier Monday: Brilliant Stars for a Winter's Night, M50

“Give me a man who says this one thing I do, and not those fifty things I dabble in.” –Dwight L. Moody While star clusters may dabble in a number of physically interesting things, there’s one thing that they do above all others, and that is shine. For today’s Messier Monday, where we spotlight one of … Read moreMessier Monday: Brilliant Stars for a Winter's Night, M50

Messier Monday: A High-Flying Cluster in the Winter Skies, M36

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” –Leonardo da Vinci Welcome back to another exciting Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! As Comet ISON dives towards the Sun and a nearly … Read moreMessier Monday: A High-Flying Cluster in the Winter Skies, M36

Messier Monday: The Closest Messier Original, M39

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.” –Abraham Lincoln It might be Veterans Day / Armistice Day all around the world, but it’s still Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! We may have been fighting wars for all of human history, but nearly all of … Read moreMessier Monday: The Closest Messier Original, M39

Messier Monday: The Smallest Messier Galaxy, M32

“Dream no small dreams, for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Welcome back to yet another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each Monday, we highlight one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up the Messier catalogue, showing you where and how to find … Read moreMessier Monday: The Smallest Messier Galaxy, M32

Messier Monday: The Pinwheel Galaxy, M101

“I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms.” –Voltaire Every object that we look at for Messier Monday has its own flavor, its own qualities, and its own unique characteristics. By far the most numerous of the 110 deep-sky objects making up the Messier catalogue are the galaxies, of which there are … Read moreMessier Monday: The Pinwheel Galaxy, M101

Messier Monday: A Four-Star Controversy Resolved, M73

“Controversy is only dreaded by the advocates of error.” –Benjamin Rush Welcome back to another Messier Monday! Each week, we take an in-depth look at one of the 110 deep-sky wonders of the Messier Catalogue, from distant galaxies to nearby star clusters, from nebulous star factories to ancient globular bunches, and from stellar remnants to … Read moreMessier Monday: A Four-Star Controversy Resolved, M73