The Dumbbell Nebula
Messier 27, discovered by Messier himself, was the first found planetary nebula. Also known as the Dumbbell Nebula, this mass of gas is an aging star's farewell performance, a colorful display of its outer layers being cast off.
The Miniature Orion Nebula
Here the single, huge star at the center of M43 shines. M43 is about 1,600 light-years from Earth.
M81 in Ursa Major
Dust lanes and young, hot stars compose M81's arms, and the center contains older stars and a massive black hole.
The Black Eye Galaxy
English astronomer Edward Pigott located M64 in 1779.
M45 is also known as The Pleiades and Seven Sisters; the object is comprised of thousands of stars, but it is dominated by just a few. This view displays dust particles being simultaneously attracted and repelled by Merope, one of the largest stars in the cluster.
The Pinwheel Galaxy
M94 in Canes Venatici
New discovery of far extending spiral arms changed scientists' understanding of this massive galaxy's true size.
M32 in constellation Andromeda
M60 in the Virgo Cluster
The Sombrero Galaxy
NGC 4874 in Coma Berenices
M106 in Canes Venatici
The Southern Pinwheel
Nicolas Louis de Lacaille found this galaxy in 1752.