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: 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: 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 Secretly Active Spiral Galaxy, M77

“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” -Patrick Henry It’s not a good idea to showcase a galaxy for you every Messier Monday, considering that even a crescent Moon can render most of them completely unobservable. Now that the autumnal equinox has passed, however, … Read moreMessier Monday: A Secretly Active Spiral Galaxy, M77

Messier Monday: The Farthest Messier Spiral, M109

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” –Joseph Campbell It took Charles Messier and his assistant, Pierre Méchain, a lifetime to scan and survey the sky for all the permanent deep-sky objects visible in their telescopes that could possibly be … Read moreMessier Monday: The Farthest Messier Spiral, M109

Messier Monday: Andromeda, the Object that Opened Up the Universe, M31

“We find them smaller and fainter, in constantly increasing numbers, and we know that we are reaching into space, farther and farther, until, with the faintest nebulae that can be detected with the greatest telescopes, we arrive at the frontier of the known universe.” –Edwin Powell Hubble With 110 deep-sky objects scattered throughout the heavens, … Read moreMessier Monday: Andromeda, the Object that Opened Up the Universe, M31

Messier Monday: A double-ringed mystery galaxy, M94

“We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.” –Robert Frost It’s time again for another Messier Monday! To kick off each week, we’ve been taking a look at one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up the Messier catalogue. Compiled in the 18th Century to … Read moreMessier Monday: A double-ringed mystery galaxy, M94

Messier Monday: The Sombrero Galaxy, M104

“Yes, indeed, if humankind — from humble farmers in the fields and toiling workers in the cities to teachers, people of independent means, those who have reached the pinnacle of fame or fortune, even the most frivolous of society women — if they knew what profound inner pleasure await those who gaze at the heavens, … Read moreMessier Monday: The Sombrero Galaxy, M104

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: The Phantom Galaxy at the Beginning-of-the-Marathon, M74

“When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time.” –Haile Gebrselassie Welcome to a very special Messier Monday, which just happens to be the twenty-first consecutive week we’ve taken a look at one of the 110 fixed, deep-sky objects that Messier and his collaborators … Read moreMessier Monday: The Phantom Galaxy at the Beginning-of-the-Marathon, M74