Messier Monday: The Whirlpool Galaxy, M51

“Upon one occasion, while engaged upon a seven-foot mirror, he did not remove his hands from it for 16 hours together.” –from Caroline Herschel’s obituary Welcome to another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each Monday, we highlight a different one of the 110 deep-sky objects that Messier catalogued so that comet-hunters wouldn’t confuse these permanent … Read moreMessier Monday: The Whirlpool Galaxy, M51

Messier Monday: Bode's Galaxy, M81

“When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system.” –Kalpana Chawla Welcome to this week’s Messier Monday, where I pick a new object out of the original catalogue of 110 “faint fuzzies” designed to help comet-hunters avoid … Read moreMessier Monday: Bode's Galaxy, M81