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Astronomical Observatory: Cool Images

Messier Catalog

The Messier catalog lists 110 of the most beautiful star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies in the northern hemisphere. Charles Messier published the catalog in the 1770s and 1780s, as an aid to comet hunters – these objects can look like comets in a small telescope, but Messier found they do not move with respect to the stars as comets would. Below are images taken by Calvin students in courses and in independent projects, using the Calvin Observatory and the Calvin-Rehoboth Robotic Observatory. Click on any picture below to see a larger image and read more information about the object.



M1 Crab
Supernova Remnant
M2
M2
Globular Cluster
M3
M3
Globular Cluster

M4 Globular Cluster

M4
Globular Cluster

M5 Globular Cluster

M5
Globular Cluster

M6 Butterfly
Open Cluster in Scorpius

M7 Ptolemy's
Open Cluster in Scorpius

M8 Lagoon Diffuse Nebula

M8 Lagoon
Diffuse Nebula

M9
Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus

M10
Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus

M11
M11 Wild Duck Open Cluster
M12
Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus
M13 Hercules Cluster
M13 Hercules
Globular Cluster
M14
M14
Globular Cluster
M15 Globular Cluster
M15
Globular Cluster

M16 Eagle Nebula

M16 Eagle
Diffuse Nebula

M17

M17 Swan
Diffuse Nebula

M18
Open Cluster in Sagittarius

M19
Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus

M20 Trifid Diffuse Nebula
M20 Trifid
Diffuse Nebula

M21 Open Cluster in Sagittarius

M22 Globular Cluster in Sagittarius

M23 Open Cluster in Sagittarius

M24 Milky Way Patch in Sagittarius

M25 Open Cluster in Sagittarius

M26 Open Cluster in Scutum


M27 Dumbbell
Planetary Nebula
M28
Globular Cluster in Sagittarius
M29
Open Cluster

M30
Globular Cluster


M31
Andromeda Spiral Galaxy
M32
M32
Elliptical Galaxy

M33 Triangulum Galaxy
M33 Triangulum Spiral Galaxy

M34 Open Cluster in Perseus

M35 Open Cluster
M35
Open Cluster
M36
M36
Open Cluster

 


M37
Open Cluster


M38 Open Cluster in Auriga

M39 Open Cluster in Cygnus
M40 Double Star in Ursa Major
M41 Open Cluster in Canis Major
M42 Orion Diffuse Nebula
M42 Orion
Diffuse Nebula
M43
M43 de Mairan's
Diffuse Nebula

M44 Beehive
Open Cluster in Cancer

M45 Pleiades Open Cluster
M45 Pleiades
Open Cluster

M46 Open Cluster in Puppis


M47 Open Cluster in Puppis

M48 Open Cluster
M48
Open Cluster

M49 Elliptical Galaxy
M49
Elliptical Galaxy


M50 Open Cluster in Monoceros

M51 Whirlpool Spiral Galaxy
M51 Whirlpool
Spiral Galaxy

M52 Open Cluster
M52
Open Cluster

M53 Globular Cluster
M53
Globular Cluster

M54 Globular Cluster in Sagittarius

M55 Globular Cluster in Sagittarius

M56 Globular Cluster
M56
Globular Cluster

M57 Ring Planetary Nebula
M57 Ring
Planetary Nebula

M58 Barred Spiral Galaxy
M58
Spiral Galaxy

M59 Elliptical Galaxy
M59
Elliptical Galaxy

M60 Elliptical Galaxy
M60
Elliptical Galaxy
M61 Spiral Galaxy
M61
Spiral Galaxy
M62 Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus

M63
M63 Sunflower
Spiral Galaxy

M64 Blackeye Spiral Galaxy
M64 Blackeye
Spiral Galaxy
M65 Spiral Galaxy
M65
Spiral Galaxy
M66 Spiral Galaxy
M66
Spiral Galaxy

M67 Open Star Cluster
M67
Open Cluster

M68 Globular Cluster in Hydra

M69 Globular Cluster in Sagittarius

 

M70 Globular Cluster in Sagittarius

M71 Globular Cluster in Sagitta

 

M72 Globular Cluster
M72
Globular Cluster
M73 Asterism
M74 Spiral Galaxy
M74
Spiral Galaxy
M75 Globular Cluster in Sagittarius
M76 Little Dumbbell Planetary Nebula
M76 Little Dumbbell
Planetary Nebula
M77 Spiral Galaxy
M77
Spiral Galaxy

M78 Diffuse Nebula
M78
Diffuse Nebula

M79 Globular Cluster in Lepus

M80 Globular Cluster in Scorpius

M81 Spiral Galaxy
M81 Bode's
Spiral Galaxy

M82 Cigar Irregular Galaxy
M82 Cigar
Irregular Galaxy

M83 Southern Pinwheel Galaxy
M83 Southern Pinwheel Galaxy
M84 Lenticular galaxy
M84
Lenticular Galaxy
M85 Lenticular Galaxy
M85
Lenticular Galaxy
M86 Lenticular galaxy
M86
Lenticular Galaxy
M87 Elliptical Galaxy
M87
Elliptical Galaxy
M88 Spiral Galaxy
M88
Spiral Galaxy
M90
M90
Spiral Galaxy
M91 Spiral Galaxy
M91
Spiral Galaxy
M92 Globular Cluster
M92
Globular Cluster
M93
Open Cluster in Puppis
M94 Spiral Galaxy
M94
Spiral Galaxy
M95 Spiral Galaxy
M95
Spiral Galaxy
M96 Spiral Galaxy
M96
Spiral Galaxy
M97
M97 Owl
Planetary Nebula

M98 Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices
M99 Spiral Galaxy
M99
Spiral Galaxy
M100 Spiral Galaxy
M100
Spiral Galaxy


M101 Pinwheel
Spiral Galaxy


M102 Spindle
Lenticular Galaxy in Draco

M103 Open Cluster
M103
Open Cluster

M104 Sombrero
Spiral Galaxy
M105 Elliptical Galaxy
M105
Elliptical Galaxy
M106 Spiral Galaxy
M106
Spiral Galaxy
M107 Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus
M108 Spiral Galaxy
M108
Spiral Galaxy
M109 Spiral Galaxy
M109
Spiral Galaxy
M110
M110
Elliptical Galaxy
 

 

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