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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 —…