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Messier Catalog

Objects in this catalog are often referred to as faint fuzzies. These items were secondary to what Charles Messier was seeking. They were the noise while he was searching for a signal of comets.

Some of these are easily viewable to the naked eye, while others will require a little hunting and star hopping.

Catalog

Name Common Name Constellation Type Right Ascension Declination
M1 Crab Nebula Taurus Planetary Nebula 5h 34.5m +22° 01'
M2 Aquarius Globular Star Cluster 21h 33.5m +0° 49'
M3 Canes Venatici Globular Star Cluster 13h 42.2m +28° 23'
M4 Scorpius Globular Star Cluster 16h 23.6m -26° 32'
M5 Serpens Globular Star Cluster 15h 18.6m +2° 05'
M6 Butterfly Cluster Scorpius Open Cluster 17h 40.0m -32° 13'
M7 Ptolemy Cluster Scorpius Open Cluster 17h 54.0m -34° 49'
M8 Lagoon Nebula Sagittarius Emission Nebula 18h 3.7m -24° 23'
M9 Ophiuchus Globular Star Cluster 17h 19.2m -18° 31'
M10 Ophiuchus Globular Star Cluster 16h 57.2m -4° 06'
M11 Wild Duck Cluster Scutum Open Cluster 18h 51.1m -6° 16'
M12 Ophiuchus Globular Star Cluster 16h 47.2m -1° 57'
M13 Hercules Cluster Hercules Globular Star Cluster 16h 41.7m +36° 28'
M14 Ophiuchus Globular Star Cluster 17h 37.6m -3° 15'
M15 Pegasus Globular Star Cluster 21h 30.0m +12° 10'
M16 Eagle Nebula Serpens Emission Nebula 18h 18.9m -13° 47'
M17 Swan Nebula Sagittarius Nebula 18h 20.8m -16° 11'
M18 Sagittarius Open Cluster 18h 19.9m -17° 08'
M19 Ophiuchus Globular Star Cluster 17h 2.6m -26° 16'
M20 Trifid Nebula Sagittarius Diffuse Nebula 18h 2.4m -23° 02'
M21 Sagittarius Open Cluster 18h 4.7m -22° 30'
M22 Sagittarius Cluster Sagittarius Globular Star Cluster 18h 36.4m -23° 54'
M23 Sagittarius Open Cluster 17h 56.9m -19° 01'
M24 Sagittarius Star Cloud Sagittarius Open Cluster 18h 16.4m -18° 29'
M25 Sagittarius Open Cluster 18h 31.7m -19° 15'
M26 Scutum Open Cluster 18h 45.2m -9° 24'
M27 Dumbbell Nebula Vulpecula Planetary Nebula 19h 59.6m +22° 43'
M28 Sagittarius Globular Star Cluster 18h 24.6m -24° 52'
M29 Cygnus Open Cluster 20h 23.0m +38° 32'
M30 Capricornus Globular Star Cluster 21h 40.4m -23° 11'
M31 Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda Spiral Galaxy 0h 42.7m +41° 16'
M32 Andromeda Elliptical Galaxy 0h 42.7m +40° 52'
M33 Pinwheel Galaxy Triangulum Spiral Galaxy 1h 33.8m +30° 39'
M34 Perseus Open Cluster 2h 42.0m +42° 47'
M35 Gemini Open Cluster 6h 8.8m +24° 20'
M36 Auriga Open Cluster 5h 36.6m +34° 08'
M37 Auriga Open Cluster 5h 52.0m +32° 33'
M38 Auriga Open Cluster 5h 28.7m +35° 50'
M39 Cygnus Open Cluster 21h 32.3m +48° 26'
M40 Winnecke 4 Ursa Major Double Star 12h 22.2m +69° 05'
M41 Canis Major Open Cluster 6h 47.0m -20° 44'
M42 Great Orion Nebula Orion Nebula 3h 35.3m -5° 27'
M43 De Mairan's Nebula Orion Nebula 5h 35.5m -5° 16'
M44 Beehive Cluster Cancer Open Cluster 8h 40.0m +19° 59'
M45 Pleiades Taurus Open Cluster 3h 47.5m +24° 07'
M46 Puppis Open Cluster 7h 41.8m -14° 49'
M47 Puppis Open Cluster 7h 36.6m -14° 30'
M48 Hydra Open Cluster 8h 13.8m -5° 48'
M49 Virgo Elliptical Galaxy 12h 29.8m +8° 00'
M50 Monoceros Open Cluster 7h 3.0m -8° 20'
M51 Whirlpool Galaxy Canes Venatici Spiral Galaxy 13h 29.9m +47° 12'
M52 Cassiopeia Galaxy Cluster 23h 24.2m +61° 35'
M53 Coma Berenices Globular Star Cluster 13h 12.9m +18° 10'
M54 Sagittarius Globular Star Cluster 18h 55.1m -30° 29'
M55 Sagittarius Globular Star Cluster 19h 40.0m -30° 68'
M56 Lyra Globular Star Cluster 19h 16.6m +30° 11'
M57 Ring Nebula Lyra Planetary Nebula 18h 53.6m +33° 02'
M58 Virgo Spiral Galaxy 12h 37.7m +11° 49'
M59 Virgo Elliptical Galaxy 12h 42.0m +11° 39'
M60 Monoceros Galaxy Cluster 12h 43.7m +11° 33'
M61 Virgo Spiral Galaxy 12h 21.9m +4° 28'
M62 Ophiuchus Globular Star Cluster 17h 1.2m -30° 07'
M63 Sunflower Galaxy Canes Venatici Spiral Galaxy 13h 15.8m +42° 02'
M64 Black Eye Galaxy Coma Berenices Spiral Galaxy 12h 56.7m +21° 41'
M65 Leo's Triplet Leo Spiral Galaxy 11h 18.9m +13° 05'
M66 Leo Spiral Galaxy 11h 20.3m +12° 59'
M67 Cancer Open Cluster 8h 50.3m +11° 49'
M68 Hydra Globular Star Cluster 12h 39.5m -26° 45'
M69 Sagittarius Globular Star Cluster 18h 31.4m -32° 21'
M70 Sagittarius Globular Star Cluster 18h 43.2m -32° 18'
M71 Sagitta Globular Star Cluster 19h 53.7m +18° 47'
M72 Aquarius Globular Star Cluster 20h 53.5m -12° 32'
M73 Aquarius Asterism 20h 58.9m -12° 38'
M74 Pisces Spiral Galaxy 1h 36.7m +15° 47'
M75 Sagittarius Globular Star Cluster 20h 6.1m -21° 55'
M76 Little Dumbbell Perseus Planetary Nebula 1h 42.4m +51° 34'
M77 Cetus Spiral Galaxy 2h 42.7m +0° 01'
M78 Orion Diffuse Nebula 5h 46.7m +0° 03'
M79 Lepus Globular Star Cluster 5h 24.2m -24° 33'
M80 Scorpius Globular Star Cluster 16h 17.0m -22° 59'
M81 Bode's Galaxy Ursa Major Spiral Galaxy 9h 55.8m +69° 04'
M82 Cigar Galaxy Ursa Major Irregular Galaxy 9h 56.2m +69° 41'
M83 Southern Pinwheel Galaxy Hydra Spiral Galaxy 13h 37.7m -29° 52'
M84 Virgo Elliptical Galaxy 12h 25.1m +12° 53'
M85 Coma Berenices Elliptical Galaxy 12h 25.4m +18° 11'
M86 Virgo Elliptical Galaxy 12h 26.2m +12° 57'
M87 Virgo A Virgo Elliptical Galaxy 12h 30.8m +12° 24'
M88 Coma Berenices Spiral Galaxy 12h 32.0m +14° 25'
M89 Virgo Elliptical Galaxy 12h 35.7m +12° 33'
M90 Virgo Spiral Galaxy 12h 36.8m +13° 10'
M91 Coma Berenices Spiral Galaxy 12h 35.4m +14° 30'
M92 Hercules Globular Star Cluster 17h 17.1m +43° 08'
M93 Puppis Open Cluster 7h 44.6m -23° 52'
M94 Canes Venatici Spiral Galaxy 12h 50.9m +41° 07'
M95 Leo Spiral Galaxy 10h 44.0m +11° 42'
M96 Leo Spiral Galaxy 10h 46.8m +11° 49'
M97 Owl Nebula Ursa Major Planetary Nebula 11h 14.9m +55° 01'
M98 Coma Berenices Spiral Galaxy 12h 13.8m +14° 54'
M99 Coma Berenices Spiral Galaxy 12h 18.8m +14° 25'
M100 Coma Berenices Spiral Galaxy 12h 22.9m +15° 49'
M101 Ursa Major Spiral Galaxy 14h 3.2m +54° 21'
M102 Draco Spiral Galaxy 15h 6.5m +55° 46'
M103 Cassiopeia Open Cluster 1h 33.1m +70° 42'
M104 Sombrero Galaxy Virgo Spiral Galaxy 12h 40.0m -11° 37'
M105 Leo Elliptical Galaxy 10h 47.9m +12° 35'
M106 Canes Venatici Spiral Galaxy 12h 19.0m +47° 18'
M107 Ophiuchus Globular Star Cluster 16h 32.5m -13° 03'
M108 Ursa Major Spiral Galaxy 11h 11.6m +55° 40'
M109 Ursa Major Spiral Galaxy 11h 57.7m +53° 23'
M110 Andromeda Elliptical Galaxy 0h 40.3m +41° 41'