Messier 76 (M76), also known as the Little Dumbbell Nebula, is a planetary nebula located in the constellation Perseus. The nebula lies at an approximate distance of 2,500 light years from Earth and has an apparent magnitude of 10.1. It has the designations NGC 650 and NGC 651 in the New General Catalogue as it … [Read more…]
Messier 31 (M31), better known as the Andromeda Galaxy, is a large spiral galaxy located in the constellation Andromeda. At a distance of 2.54 million light years from Earth, the Andromeda Galaxy is the nearest major galaxy to our own and is on a collision course with our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Messier 31 … [Read more…]
Messier 16 (M16), the famous Eagle Nebula, is a star-forming nebula with a young open star cluster located in Serpens. M16 lies near the borders with the constellations Sagittarius and Scutum. The nebula is best known for the Pillars of Creation region, three large pillars of gas famously photographed by Hubble in 1995.
Messier 1 (M1), also known as the Crab Nebula, Taurus A, or NGC 1952, is an expanding supernova remnant and pulsar wind nebula. Messier 1 is located in the northern constellation Taurus, the Bull. It has an apparent magnitude of 8.4 and can be seen with binoculars in good viewing conditions. The Crab Nebula is … [Read more…]