Messier Monday: An All-Season Cluster, M35 (Synopsis)

“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.” -Henri Matisse

But the surrounding fog might not come from our minds nor from our world, but rather from the plane of the galaxy itself. Nevertheless, the brightest clusters -- the ones placed serendipitously -- are clearly visible (and quite spectacular) from our vantage point here on Earth.

Image credit: Messier 35 by Jorge Garcia, via Image credit: Messier 35 by Jorge Garcia, via

One of my favorites, and one of the greatest views of a star cluster offered to skywatchers everywhere during practically the entire year, belongs to the highlight of today's Messier Monday.

Image credit: Kfir Simon / Tango33 of PBase, via Image credit: Kfir Simon / Tango33 of PBase, via

It's Messier 35, our final star cluster (and next to last object) from the entire Messier Catalogue!


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He got on board of a spacecraft. He saw the Universe.

“I purr in my realization of that which is absolute. I note, too, a dawning future and visualize humans coming upon the starships. I am able to clearly see that there will come a time when we will welcome you among us.

By the loving touch that is, I do embrace the universe of my birth. By the sparkling lights of the galaxy that is my home do I send my delight forth as a gift to you.” - Tashaba, Cat Human (Love Her) #tearful #beautiful

Please REMOVE the photo of mine of M35. I have NOT given permission for it to be used and you have not even had the decency to ask for my permission to use it. The photo is my copyright and as such you are in breach.

By Chris Newsome (not verified) on 08 Jan 2015 #permalink

You have deemed it necessary to take down my request to REMOVE my photo of M35 from this web-page. I have not given permission for it to be used and I have not even been given the decency to request my permission for it to be removed. The copyright to the image belongs to me and as such you have infringed my copyright.

By Chris Newsome (not verified) on 08 Jan 2015 #permalink