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Charles Messier

Astronomer Charles Messier

Profession: Astronomer


Why Famous: Cataloguer of "M objects"

Born: June 26, 1730
Birthplace: Badonviller, Lorraine, France
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: April 12, 1817 (aged 86)

Historical Events

  • 1758-09-12 French astronomer Charles Messier mistakenly identifies the Crab Nebula so begins his Messier Catalogue
  • 1765-01-16 Charles Messier catalogs M41 (galactic cluster in Canis Major)
  • 1771-02-16 Charles Messier presents his original list of 45 M-objects to French Academy
  • 1771-02-19 Charles Messier adds M46-M49 to his catalog (galactic clusters in Puppis & Hydra & galaxy in Virgo)
  • 1773-10-13 The Whirlpool Galaxy discovered by astronomer Charles Messier
  • 1774-01-11 Charles Messier adds M51 (spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici) to his catalog
  • 1777-02-16 Charles Messier adds M53 to his catalog (globular cluster in Coma Berenice)
  • 1779-01-23 Charles Messier catalogs M56 (globular cluster in Lyra)
  • 1779-01-31 Charles Messier adds M57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra) to his catalog
  • 1781-03-18 Charles Messier rediscovers global cluster M92
  • 1791-02-17 Charles Messier catalogs M83 (spiral galaxy in Hydra)

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