messier 41

Messier 41 - The NGC 2287 Open Star Cluster

Messier 41 - The NGC 2287 Open Star Cluster

During the 18th century, famed French astronomer Charles Messier noted the presence of several “nebulous objects” in the night sky. Having originally mistaken them for comets, he began compiling a list of them so that others would not make the same mistake he did. In time, this list (known as the Messier Catalog) would come to include 100 of the most fabulous objects in the night sky.