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 baby open cluster in the galactic plane, M21

“New stars offer to the mind a phenomenon more surprising, and less explicable, than almost any other in the science of astronomy.” –George Adams Welcome back to another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! The Messier catalogue was the very first accurate deep-sky catalogue with over 100 objects, finally topping out with 110 … Read moreMessier Monday: A baby open cluster in the galactic plane, M21

Messier Monday: A Young Open Cluster in the Summer Triangle, M29

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” –Albert Camus Welcome back to another Messier Monday, only here on Starts With A Bang! The first accurate, large catalogue of fixed, deep-sky objects, Messier’s 110-object-strong catalogue features galaxies, clusters, nebulae and more, all visible with even primitive astronomical … Read moreMessier Monday: A Young Open Cluster in the Summer Triangle, M29

Messier Monday: A Real-Life Pi-in-the-Sky Cluster, M38

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” –W. Shakespeare Welcome to just another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each Monday, we’re taking a detailed look at a different one of the 110 deep-sky objects that compose the Messier Catalogue, each one a different semi-permanent wonder of … Read moreMessier Monday: A Real-Life Pi-in-the-Sky Cluster, M38

Messier Monday: A Dusty Open Cluster for Everyone, M25

“The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.” –Henry David Thoreau Welcome to another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each week, we take a look at the … Read moreMessier Monday: A Dusty Open Cluster for Everyone, M25

Messier Monday: A Lost-and-Found Star Cluster, M48

“Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.” –Marcel Proust Welcome to another Messier Monday, where each week we take an in-depth look at one of the 110 deep sky objects that make up the Messier Catalogue! Messier was not the first person to try and make an accurate, large catalog of deep sky objects, … Read moreMessier Monday: A Lost-and-Found Star Cluster, M48

Messier Monday: A Rich Open Star Cluster, M37

“Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.” –Benjamin Franklin Welcome to Messier Monday, where each week we take a journey into one of the 110 objects in the Messier Catalogue of non-cometary deep-sky objects. Ranging … Read moreMessier Monday: A Rich Open Star Cluster, M37

Messier Monday: The Pleiades, M45

“Something there is more immortal even than the stars, (Many the burials, many the days and nights, passing away,) Something that shall endure longer even than lustrous Jupiter, Longer than sun or any revolving satellite, Or the radiant sisters the Pleiades.” -Walt Whitman Last week, we kicked off our very first Messier Monday by spotlighting M1: … Read moreMessier Monday: The Pleiades, M45