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The Messier objects are a set of astronomical objects first listed by French astronomer Charles Messier in his "Catalogue des Nébuleuses et des Amas d'Étoiles" ("Catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters") included in the Connaissance des Temps for 1774 (published in 1771). The original motivation of the catalogue was that Messier was a comet hunter, and was frustrated by objects which resembled but were not comets. He therefore compiled a list of these objects in collaboration with his assistant Pierre Méchain.

M3 - Globular Cluster in Canes Venatici

M3 - Globular Cluster in Canes Venatici

M11 - Wild Duck Cluster

M11 - Wild Duck Cluster

M13 - Globular Cluster in Hercules

M13 - Globular Cluster in Hercules

M16 - The Eagle Nebula

M16 - The Eagle Nebula

M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

M27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

M31 - Andromeda Galaxy

M31 - Andromeda Galaxy

M32

M32

M33 - Triangulum Galaxy

M33 - Triangulum Galaxy

M33 - Triangulum Galaxy

M33 - Triangulum  Galaxy

M42 - Orion Nebula

M42 - Orion Nebula

M45 - The Pleiades

M45 - The Pleiades

M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

NGC 7635 - Bubble Nebula, M52

NGC 7635 - Bubble Nebula, M52

M63 - Sunflower Galaxy in Canes Venatici

M63 - Sunflower Galaxy in Canes Venatici

M65 - Galaxy in Leo

M65 - Galaxy in Leo

M66 - Galaxy in Leo

M66 - Galaxy in Leo

M74 - The Phantom Galaxy

M74 - The Phantom Galaxy

M74 - Phantom Galaxy

M74 - Phantom Galaxy

M77 - Galaxy in Cetus

M77 - Galaxy in Cetus

M81 - Bode's Galaxy

M81 - Bode's Galaxy