M58 in constellation Virgo
M58's core is dim relative to other spiral galaxies and plays home to a supermassive black hole — it's 70 million times the mass of Earth's Sun.
May is the best time of the year to view M58.
M59 in constellation Virgo
M59 contains an inner disk of stars which includes 2,200 globular clusters as well as a supermassive black hole with a mass 270 million times the size of Earth's Sun.
M59 is located near M58 and M60 in the constellation Virgo, and is best viewed in the month of May.
M62 in constellation Ophiuchus
M62 contains an unusually dense core, 150,000 stars strong, one of the first known stellar-mass black holes and a large number of X-ray binaries.
M62, located in the constellation Ophiuchus, is best seen in July.
M75 in constellation Saggitarius
Most of the 400,000 stars in this galaxy make their home in the large nucleus. M75 is best observed in August.
M86 in constellation Virgo
M86 resides on the far side of Virgo, about 52 million light-years from Earth, and inches closer as it moves into the center of its own cluster.
May offers the best views of M86.
M88 in constellation Coma Berenices
The galactic nucleus remains active, making the center of the galaxy bright compared to the rest of the body. M88 also boasts a centrally located supermassive black hole that is believed to be 100 million times the size of Earth's Sun.
M88 is best viewed in the month of May.
M89 in constellation Virgo
At 50 million light-years from Earth, M89 is seen most clearly in the May each year.
M90 in constellation Virgo
M90 houses a trillion stars and 1,000 globular clusters. This galaxy has little star formation occurring.
Experts believe M90 to evolve into a lenticular galaxy eventually.
For the best views, look for M90 in May's night sky.
M95 in constellation Leo
In M95's tightly wound spiral arms, star birth activity sparkles with countless young, blue stars.
Aprill offers the best time to view M95.
M98 in constellation Coma Berenices
At 44 million light-years from Earth, M98 is one of the lightest in Messier's list, and is best seen in May each year.
The Surfboard Galaxy
M108 contains young star clusters, supershells and a supermassive black hole 24 million times the size of Earth's Sun.
M108 sits just under the bowl of the Big Dipper. The galaxy is most clearly viewed in April, but for people in the Northern Hemisphere can be enjoyed year-round.
M110 in constellation Andromeda
While elliptical galaxies are often "dead" when compared to spiral galaxies, M110 offers evidence of some young blue stars at its core. M110 contains 10 billion stars and at least eight globular clusters.
The best views of M110 are found in November each year.
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.