Messier Monday: The Great Pinwheel of Virgo, M99

“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

Messier Monday: The Most Blueshifted Messier Object, M86

“It’s coming right for us!” –Uncle Jimbo, from South Park Welcome back to another Messier Monday, only here on Starts With A Bang! Each Monday, we take an in-depth look at one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up the Messier Catalogue, the first accurate and comprehensive deep-sky catalogue of relatively bright, extended celestial objects that … Read moreMessier Monday: The Most Blueshifted Messier Object, M86

Messier Monday: The Gateway Galaxy to Virgo, M60

“The thing’s hollow—it goes on forever—and—oh my God—it’s full of stars!” –Dave Bowman, 2001: A Space Odyssey Back in October, we began a new, weekly series here called Messier Monday. Each Monday, we’ve taken a look at one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up the Messier Catalogue, nebulous objects that might potentially be … Read moreMessier Monday: The Gateway Galaxy to Virgo, M60