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2 articles for "Messier"

Messier, Charles [Astro*Index]


(1730-1817) French astronomer. Born at Badonviller, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Vosges; died at Paris.

He was the first in France to detect the return of Halley's comet in 1758, which encouraged him to further efforts on comets. He is credited with the discovery of 21, but a by-product of his searches has earned him greater recognition. In his efforts, he often came upon fuzzy objects, and began to keep a list of such objects, in order that he (any other other comet hunters) would not be distracted by them. The list grew to over 100. Today, many of these objects are still referred to by their Messier Number. M13 is the Great Hercules Cluster, M31 is the great Andromeda Galaxy.


Messier Catalogue [Astro*Index]

Nebula and cluster catalog published by Charles Messier in l771-84


See also:
♦ Nebula ♦ Cluster


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