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The Messier Objects
In Messier Number Order


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Messier#
Common Name
Object Type
Constellation*
M1
Crab Nebula
Super Nova Remnant
Taurus
M2
 
Globular Cluster
Aquarius
M3
 
Globular Cluster
Canes Venatici
M4
 
Globular Cluster
Scorpius
M5
 
Globular Cluster
Serpens
M6
Butterfly Cluster
Open Cluster
Scorpius
M7
 
Open Cluster
Scorpius
M8
Lagoon Nebula
Emission Nebula
Sagittarius
M9
 
Globular Cluster
Ophiuchus
M10
 
Globular Cluster
Ophiuchus
M11
Wild Duck Cluster
Open Cluster
Scutum
M12
 
Globular Cluster
Ophiuchus
M13
 
Globular Cluster
Hercules
M14
 
Globular Cluster
Ophiuchus
M15
 
Globular Cluster
Pegasus
M16
Ghost, Eagle, or Star Queen Nebula
Emission Nebula & Open Cluster
Serpens
M17
Omega, Horseshoe, or Swan Nebula
Emission Nebula & Open Cluster
Sagittarius
M18
Black Swan
Open Cluster
Sagittarius
M19
 
Globular Cluster
Ophiuchus
M20
Trifid Nebula
Emission Nebula, Reflection Nebula, & Open Cluster
Sagittarius
M21
 
Open Cluster
Sagittarius
M22
Great Sagittarius or Crackerjack Cluster
Globular Cluster
Sagittarius
M23
 
Open Cluster
Sagittarius
M24
Small Sagittarius
Star Cloud
Star Cloud
Sagittarius
M25
 
Open Cluster
Sagittarius
M26
 
Open Cluster
Scutum
M27
Dumbbell Nebula
Planetary Nebula
Vulpecula
M28
 
Globular Cluster
Sagittarius
M29
 
Open Cluster
Cygnus
M30
 
Globular Cluster
Sagittarius
M31
Andromeda Galaxy
Spiral Galaxy
Andromeda
M32
 
Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy
Andromeda
M33
Triangulum or Pinwheel Galaxy
Spiral Galaxy
Triangulum
M34
 
Open Cluster
Perseus
M35
 
Open Cluster
Gemini
M36
 
Open Cluster
Auriga
M37
 
Open Cluster
Auriga
M38
 
Open Cluster
Auriga
M39
 
Open Cluster
Cygnus
M40
Winnecke 4
Double Star
Ursa Major
M41
Little Beehive Cluster
Open Cluster
Canis Major
M42
Great Orion Nebula
Emission Nebula
Orion
M43
 
Emission Nebula
Orion
M44
Beehive
Open Cluster
Cancer
M45
Pleiades or Seven Sisters Cluster
Open Cluster
Taurus
M46
 
Open Cluster
Puppis
M47
 
Open Cluster
Puppis
M48
 
Open Cluster
Hydra
M49
 
Elliptical Galaxy
Virgo
M50
 
Open Cluster
Monoceros
M51
Whirlpool Galaxy
Spiral Galaxy
Canes Venatici
M52
Scorpion Cluster
Open Cluster
Cassiopeia
M53
 
Globular Cluster
Coma Berenices
M54
 
Globular Cluster
Sagittarius
M55
 
Globular Cluster
Sagittarius
M56
 
Globular Cluster
Lyra
M57
Ring Nebula
Planetary Nebula
Lyra
M58
 
Barred Spiral Galaxy
Virgo
M59
 
Elliptical Galaxy
Virgo
M60
 
Elliptical Galaxy
Virgo
M61
Swelling Spiral Galaxy
Spiral Galaxy
Virgo
M62
Flickering Globular Cluster
Globular Cluster
Ophiuchus
M63
Sunflower Galaxy
Spiral Galaxy
Canes Venatici
M64
Black-Eye Galaxy
Spiral Galaxy
Coma Berenices
M65
 
Spiral Galaxy
Leo
M66
 
Spiral Galaxy
Leo
M67
 
Open Cluster
Cancer
M68
 
Globular Cluster
Hydra
M69
 
Globular Cluster
Sagittarius
M70
 
Globular Cluster
Sagittarius
M71
 
Globular Cluster
Sagitta
M72
 
Globular Cluster
Aquarius
M73
 
Open Cluster
Aquarius
M74
Phantom Galaxy
Spiral Galaxy
Pisces
M75
 
Globular Cluster
Sagittarius
M76
Little Dumbbell Nebula
Planetary Nebula
Perseus
M77
 
Spiral Galaxy
Cetus
M78
 
Diffuse Nebula
Orion
M79
 
Globular Cluster
Lepus
M80
 
Globular Cluster
Scorpius
M81
 
Spiral Galaxy
Ursa Major
M82
 
Irregular Galaxy
Ursa Major
M83
 
Spiral Galaxy
Hydra
M84
 
Elliptical Galaxy
Virgo
M85
 
Lenticular Galaxy
Coma Berenices
M86
 
Elliptical Galaxy
Virgo
M87
 
Elliptical Galaxy
Virgo
M88
 
Spiral Galaxy
Coma Berenices
M89
 
Elliptical Galaxy
Virgo
M90
 
Spiral Galaxy
Virgo
M91
 
Barred Spiral Galaxy
Coma Berenices
M92
 
Globular Cluster
Hercules
M93
 
Open Cluster
Puppis
M94
 
Spiral Galaxy
Canes Venatici
M95
 
Barred Spiral Galaxy
Leo
M96
 
Spiral Galaxy
Leo
M97
Owl Nebula
Planetary Nebula
Ursa Major
M98
 
Spiral Galaxy
Coma Berenices
M99
 
Spiral Galaxy
Coma Berenices
M100
 
Spiral Galaxy
Coma Berenices
M101
 
Spiral Galaxy
Ursa Major
M102
 
Spiral Galaxy
 
M103
 
Open Cluster
Cassiopeia
M104
Sombrero Galaxy
Spiral Galaxy
Virgo
M105
 
Elliptical Galaxy
Leo
M106
 
Spiral Galaxy
Canes Venatici
M107
 
Globular Cluster
Ophiuchus
M108
 
Spiral Galaxy
Ursa Major
M109
 
Barred Spiral Galaxy
Ursa Major
M110
 
Elliptical Galaxy
Andromeda
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