The bottom line of the bowl, indicated by Beta and Gamma Ursae Majoris, brings us to the next Messier object
While observing this part of the sky, set yourself a challenge by seeing if you can spot deep sky Messier object
M57, the famous Ring Nebula in the constellation of Lyra.
So it might just be the most difficult Messier object
to spot in lit-up skies.
Charles Messier was essentially a comet-hunter and began his catalogue in order not to mistake an existing Messier object
for a new and exciting comet appearing on the scene.
New Messier Object
"Since [French astronomer Charles] Messier's time, his catalogue has been revised so thoroughly and frequently that one might think little new could be said about it.
1-magnitude Messier object
is the great star cluster of early spring, M44, better known as the Beehive.
Each Messier object
is accompanied by a spectacular amateur photograph in colour; some of the best of the objects have historical drawings too, and some have drawings by Stoyan himself.
I would rate Hydra's final, most easterly Messier object
as the most difficult in the catalogue: it was the last I 'collected' (in 2005) in my 32-year campaign to observe them all.
The constellation has zero Messier objects
and only one Caldwell, NGC 2419, one of our galaxy's most distant globular clusters.
The newly released images of the non-comet Messier objects
were all captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Messier 18 was discovered and catalogued in 1764 by Charles Messier for whom the Messier Objects
are named during his search for comet-like objects 1 .
Until now the Section archive did not have observations of all the Messier objects
, but in June the final three were added.