“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
“Pinwheel, pinwheel spinning around. Look at my Pinwheel and see what I found. Pinwheel, pinwheel, breezy and bright. Spin me good morning, spin me good night.” –Janet Gardner It’s time for another Messier Monday, where each week, one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up the famed Messier Catalogue — the first large, accurate catalogue of non-cometary … Read moreMessier Monday: The Great Pinwheel of Virgo, M99
“Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.” –Alfred Lord Tennyson Welcome back, for another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each Monday, we’ve been taking a look at one of the 110 Deep-Sky Objects that make up the Messier catalogue, a mix of clusters, nebulae, galaxies and … Read moreMessier Monday: The Triangulum Galaxy, M33
“Modern man must descend the spiral of his own absurdity to the lowest point; only then can he look beyond it.” –Vaclav Havel But the spiral is more than a metaphor or a mathematical shape, it’s also the most common feature observed in the galaxies out there in the Universe. There are 27 spiral galaxies … Read moreMessier Monday: The Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, M83
“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
“This seems to be the law of progress in everything we do; it moves along a spiral rather than a perpendicular; we seem to be actually going out of the way, and yet it turns out that we were really moving upward all the time.” –Frances Willard As spring gives way to summer here in … Read moreWhat Lies in the great Pinwheel Galaxy?