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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The Bennett list is, in spirit, the southern equivalent of the Messier catalogue.
He introduced then to the Messier Catalogue of Deep Space Objects, compiled by Charles Messier in the late 1760s.
Located 47 million light-years away in the constellation of Cetus (The Sea Monster), Messier 77 is one of the most remote galaxies of the Messier catalogue. Initially, Messier believed that the highly luminous object he saw through his telescope was a cluster of stars, but as technology progressed its true status as a galaxy was realised.
A Cameroon B Namibia C Rwanda D Mozambique QUESTION 13 - for 13 points: What are listed in the Messier catalogue? A Insects B Galaxies and star clusters C International royal families D French vintage wines QUESTION 14 - for 14 points: To which substance are sufferers from coeliac disease hypersensitive?
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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. M27 is of course somewhat larger (on the sky), about 8 arcminutes long, whereas M76 is about 3 arcminutes.
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.
Although the Messier catalogue contains mostly northern hemisphere objects, you will still be able to see many of these in the southern hemisphere.
1 Pythagoras; 2 Plaxico Burress; 3 Eat it (grape-like tree fruit); 4 Mountain biking; 5 Astronomers (seeing all 110 galaxies, nebulae and clusters in the Messier catalogue) 6 Lee Smith; 7 The USA (Alaska); 8 Portugal; 9 Ahab; 10 False (barely visible from spacecraft in Earth orbit); 11 (Marine) Mussels; 12 Brad Fiedel; 13 Camels; 14 Nigeria; 15 Strontium; 16 The Grand National.