Messier catalogue


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Messier catalogue

(ˈmɛsɪeɪ)
n
(Astronomy) astronomy a catalogue of 103 nonstellar objects, such as nebulae and galaxies, prepared in 1781–86. An object is referred to by its number in this catalogue, for example the Andromeda Galaxy is referred to as M31
[C18: named after Charles Messier (1730–1817), French astronomer]
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Certainly it is not as spectacular as M27--but is definitely a challenge, being probably the faintest object in the Messier catalogue.
It was misclassified again when it was subsequently listed in the Messier Catalogue as a star cluster.
In fact, there are 13 galaxies in the Messier catalogue in this region, all of which can be seen without a large telescope.
Another telescopic target worth searching out is the first object in the famous Messier catalogue, M1, common name The Crab Nebula, the crab is located near the lower horn in the constellation of Taurus the bull.
Another galaxy worthy of attention is also part of our local group with the Messier catalogue number M33.