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“Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Welcome back to another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each Monday, we go through one of the 110 deep-sky wonders of the Messier Catalogue, some of the brightest and most prominent of the…

“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…

“Most writers spend their lives standing a little apart from the crowd, watching and listening and hoping to catch that tiny hint of despair, that sliver of malice, that makes them think, ‘Aha, here is the story.’” –Ayelet Waldman Welcome back again to another Messier Monday, where we’re all set to take an in-depth look at one…

“The image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.” –Ezra Pound It’s time for another Messier Monday, where we profile one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up the Messier catalogue! This was the first large, accurate catalogue of fixed, non-transient objects to…

“Cross that rules the Southern Sky! Stars that sweep, and turn, and fly Hear the Lovers’ Litany: ‘Love like ours can never die!’” –Rudyard Kipling Welcome back for yet another Messier Monday, where we choose one of the 110 deep-sky objects making up Charles Messier‘s 18th Century catalogue to highlight in detail. Originally designed as a…

Messier Monday: The Ring Nebula, M57

“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them” -J.R.R. Tolkien Every Monday has been devoted to our ongoing series on Messier’s objects for nearly a year now, and we’ve covered some spectacular objects, from open star clusters to spiral galaxies, from…

“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…

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” –Albert Camus Welcome back to another Messier Monday, only here on Starts With A Bang! The first accurate, large catalogue of fixed, deep-sky objects, Messier’s 110-object-strong catalogue features galaxies, clusters, nebulae and more, all visible with even primitive astronomical…

“The Milky Way is nothing else but a mass of innumerable stars planted together in clusters.” –Galileo Galilei Welcome back to another Messier Monday here on Starts With a Bang! With 110 deep-sky objects making it up, the Messier Catalogue is the first comprehensive, accurate catalogue of faint (but not too faint) fixtures in the night sky. Each object…

Messier Monday: The Cigar Galaxy, M82

“How is it they live for eons in such harmony – the billions of stars – when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their mind against someone they know?” –Thomas Aquinas Welcome back to another Messier Monday here on Starts With a Bang! Each Monday, we take an in-depth look at one of the 110 deep-sky wonders —…