Messier Star Chart

The “Messier Objects” were unknown objects in the sky, first noted from France astronomer Charles Untidier in his “List diethylstilbestrol Nébuleuses et diethylstilbestrol Amas d’Étoiles” (“Catalogue of Formulations and Superlegend Clusters”). It was initially released in 1771, with the final inclusion, made from later astronomers, manufactured in 1966.

Messier objects were things in the sky that could not be classified at the time of discovery, so astronomers decided to group them in their own class.

If you find the star chart below boring, check out what Ethan over at ScienceBlog is doing. His articles, called “Messier Mondays” show in full color some Messier Objects. The photos sure do add some detail to the dull picture below. If you want to check out Ethan’s post, click this about Messier Mondays.

Messier Star Chart

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