Messier Objects from the Virtual Astronomer by Jupiter Scientific with Thumbnail Photos, Best Images and Links to Object Information 
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Messier Objects: Best Images


     The following is a complete listing of Messier Objects with links to among the finest images that the Jupiter Scientific staff could find on the Internet. If you are able to find a better image of an object, please contact us at admin@jupiterscientific.org.

     Next to each listing below is information about the Messier Object obtainable through a link to the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS). The New General Catalog (NGC) number is given if assigned.

     The thumbnail image not only labels a Messier Object but also provides what it might look like in an amateur telescope. The last item in the first row of a listing is a link to a constellation map at SEDS.

     Enjoy the viewing!!!

M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6 M7 M8 M9 M10
M11 M12 M13 M14 M15 M16 M17 M18 M19 M20
M21 M22 M23 M24 M25 M26 M27 M28 M29 M30
M31 M32 M33 M34 M35 M36 M37 M38 M39 M40
M41 M42 M43 M44 M45 M46 M47 M48 M49 M50
M51 M52 M53 M54 M55 M56 M57 M58 M59 M60
M61 M62 M63 M64 M65 M66 M67 M68 M69 M70
M71 M72 M73 M74 M75 M76 M77 M78 M79 M80
M81 M82 M83 M84 M85 M86 M87 M88 M89 M90
M91 M92 M93 M94 M95 M96 M97 M98 M99 M100
M101 M102 M103 M104 M105 M106 M107 M108 M109 M110


M1 (NGC 1952): M1  Information at SEDS, The Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant in Taurus

Images:
A reduced K version (81 K) of a big image from NASA (839 K)
A smaller, reduced K version (84 K) of a big image from the Nordic Optical Telescope (1820 K)
A big image at NOAO (73 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (35 K) of a big image at NOAO (353 K)


M2 (NGC 7089): M2  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Aquarius

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (43 K) of a big image at NOAO (228 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (49 K) of a big image at NOAO (226 K)


M3 (NGC 5272): M3  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Canes Venatici

Images:
A medium sized, reduced K version (59 K) of a big image at NOAO (457 K)
A medium sized, reduced K version (79 K) of a big image from NASA (434 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (35 K) of a big image by Chris Deforeit (109 K)
A medium-sized image at SEDS (82 K)


M4 (NGC 6121): M4  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Scorpius

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (63 K) of a big image at NOAO (568 K)
A medium-sized image at SEDS (80 K)


M5 (NGC 5904): M5  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Serpens Caput

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (45 K) of a big image at NOAO (535 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (77 K) of a big image at NOAO (439 K)


M6 (NGC 6405): M6  Information at SEDS, The Butterfly Cluster, an open cluster in Scorpius

Images:
A medium-big sized, reduced K version (79 K) of a big image at NOAO (245 K)


M7 (NGC 6475): M7  Information at SEDS, Ptolemy's Cluster, an open cluster in Scorpius

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (59 K) of a big image at NOAO (407 K)


M8 (NGC 6523): M8  Information at SEDS, The Lagoon Nebula, an emission nebula in Sagittarius

Images:
A big image at NOAO (150 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (56 K) of a big image from NASA (187 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (62 K) of a big image at NOAO (224 K)
A reduced K version (78 K) of a medium-sized image at SEDS (128 K)


M9 (NGC 6333): M9  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Ophiuchus

Images:
A medium-sized image at SEDS (63 K)


M10 (NGC 6254): M10  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Ophiuchus

Images:
A big image at NOAO (195 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (69 K) of a big image at NOAO (538 K)
A reduced K version (51 K) of a medium-sized image by Sven Kohle and Till Credner (102 K)


M11 (NGC 6705): M11  Information at SEDS, The Wild Duck Cluster, an open cluster in Scutum

Images:
A medium-sized reduced K version (84 K) of a medium-sized image by Chris Deforeit (248 K)


M12 (NGC 6218): M12  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Ophiuchus

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (58 K) of a big image at SEDS (195 K)
A medium-sized image by Chris Deforeit (96 K)


M13 (NGC 6205): M13  Information at SEDS, The Great Hercules Globular Cluster, a globular cluster in Hercules

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (69 K) of a big image at NOAO (328 K)
A big image at NOAO (154 K)
A medium-big-sized image by Russel Croman (146 K)


M14 (NGC 6402): M14  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Ophiuchus

Images:
A big image at NOAO (141 K)


M15 (NGC 7078): M15  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Pegasus

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (86 K) of a big image at NOAO (306 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (52 K) of a big image at NOAO (319 K)


M16 (NGC 6611): M16  Information at SEDS, The Eagle Nebula, an emission nebula in Serpens Cauda

Images:
A big image at NOAO (175 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (48 K) of a big image at NOAO (544 K)
A medium-sized image at SEDS (99 K)


M17 (NGC 6618): M17  Information at SEDS, The Omega Nebula, an emission nebula in Sagittarius

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (34 K) of a big image at NOAO (429 K)
A medium-big-sized image by Chris Deforeit (113 K)


M18 (NGC 6613): M18  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Sagittarius

Images:
A medium-sized image at the Grasslands Observatory (47 K)


M19 (NGC 6273): M19  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Ophiuchus

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (35 K) of a big image at NOAO (237 K)


M20 (NGC 6514): M20  Information at SEDS, The Trifid Nebula, an emission and reflection nebula in Sagittarius

Images:
A medium-big-sized image at the Anglo-Australian Observatory (187 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (62 K) of a big image at NOAO (163 K)


M21 (NGC 6531): M21  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Sagittarius

Images:
A medium-sized image at SEDS (33 K)


M22 (NGC 6656): M22  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Sagittarius

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (50 K) of a big image at NOAO (161 K)


M23 (NGC 6494): M23  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Sagittarius

Images:
A medium-sized image at SEDS (47 K)


M24: M24  Information at SEDS, Delle Caustiche, a star cloud in Milky Way in Sagittarius

Images:
A big image at NOAO (362 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (81 K) of a big image by Dean Jacobsen (568 K)


M25 (IC 4725): M25  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Sagittarius

Images:
A medium-sized image at the Grasslands Observatory (64 K)


M26 (NGC 6694): M26  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Scutum

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (81 K) of a big image at NOAO (428 K)


M27 (NGC 6853): M27  Information at SEDS, The Dumbbell Nebula, a planetary nebula in Vulpecula

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (44 K) of a big image at NOAO (206 K)
A big image at NOAO (59 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (68 K) of a big image by Philip Perkins (279 K)


M28 (NGC 6626): M28  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Sagittarius

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (50 K) of a big image at NOAO (330 K)


M29 (NGC 6913): M29  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Cygnus

Images:
A medium-sized image by Chris Deforeit (74 K)


M30 (NGC 7099): M30  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Capricornus

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (67 K) of a big image at NOAO (332 K)


M31 (NGC 224): M31  Information at SEDS, The Andromeda Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Andromeda

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (64 K) of a big image by Robert Gendler (718 K)
A medium-sized image by Tony and Daphne Hallas (96 K)


M32 (NGC 221): M32  Information at SEDS, a satellite elliptical galaxy of M31 in Andromeda

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (56 K) of a big image at NOAO (833 K)


M33 (NGC 598): M33  Information at SEDS, The Triangulum Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Triangulum

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (56 K) of a big image by Robert Gendler (376 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (59 K) of a big image by Robert Gendler (521 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (58 K) of a big image by Chris Deforeit (369 K)


M34 (NGC 1039): M34  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Perseus

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K image (58 K) generated from NASA's Skyview


M35 (NGC 2168): M35  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Gemini

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (52 K) of a big image at NOAO (330 K)


M36 (NGC 1960): M36  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Auriga

Images:
A medium-sized image at NOAO (32 K)


M37 (NGC 2099): M37  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Auriga

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (62 K) of a big image from Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (373 K)


M38 (NGC 1912): M38  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Auriga

Images:
A medium-sized image by Jim Burnell (82 K)


M39 (NGC 7092): M39  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Cygnus

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (53 K) of a medium-big sized image by Chris Deforeit (217 K)


M40: M40  Information at SEDS, Winnecke 4, a double star in Ursa Major

Images:
A medium-sized image at NOAO (13 K)


M41 (NGC 2287): M41  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Canis Major

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (62 K) of a medium-big sized image at NOAO (199 K)


M42 (NGC 1976): M42  Information at SEDS, The Great Orion Nebula, an emission and reflection nebula in Orion

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (50 K) of a big image from NASA (1504 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (23 K) of a big image at NOAO (342 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (27 K) of a big image by Ray Gralak (184 K)


M43 (NGC 1982): M43  Information at SEDS, de Mairan's Nebula, an emission and reflection nebula in Orion

Images:
See the smaller part in the above images of M42.
A medium-sized image at SEDS (26 K)


M44 (NGC 2632): M44  Information at SEDS, The Beehive Cluster, an open cluster in Cancer

Images:
A medium-sized image at NASA by Wil Milan (49 K)


M45: M45  Information at SEDS, The Pleiades, an open cluster in Taurus

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (59 K) of a big image by Russell Croman (510 K)
A medium-sized image at SEDS (77 K)


M46 (NGC 2437): M46  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Puppis

Images:
A medium-sized image at NOAO (47 K)


M47 (NGC 2422): M47  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Puppis

Images:
A medium-sized image at NOAO (49 K)


M48 (NGC 2548): M48  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Hydra

Images:
A medium-sized image at NOAO (51 K)


M49 (NGC 4472): M49  Information at SEDS, an elliptical galaxy in Virgo

Images:
A medium-sized image at SEDS (20 K)


M50 (NGC 2323): M50  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Monoceros

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (63 K) of a big image at NOAO (200 K)


M51 (NGC 5194): M51  Information at SEDS, The Whirlpool Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (25 K) of a big image by Robert Gendler (289 K)
A medium-big sized image at NOAO (58 K)
A medium-big sized image from the Hubble Space Telescope (75 K)


M52 (NGC 7654): M52  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Cassiopeia

Images:
A medium-sized image by Chris Deforeit (129 K)


M53 (NGC 5024): M53  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Coma Berenices

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (32 K) of a medium-big sized image at NOAO (124 K)


M54 (NGC 6715): M54  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Sagittarius

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (47 K) of a big image at NOAO (143 K)


M55 (NGC 6809): M55  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Sagittarius

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (68 K) of a big image from NASA (560 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (70 K) of a big image at NOAO (408 K)


M56 (NGC 6779): M56  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Lyra

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (32 K) of a big image at NOAO (92 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (47 K) of a big image by Russell Croman (405 K)


M57 (NGC 6720): M57  Information at SEDS, The Ring Nebula, a planetary nebula in Lyra

Images:
A medium-big sized, reduced K version (19 K) of a big image by the Hubble Space Telescope from NASA (631 K)
A medium-sized image from NASA (33 K)


M58 (NGC 4579): M58  Information at SEDS, a spiral galaxy in Virgo

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (16 K) of a big image at NOAO (422 K)


M59 (NGC 4621): M59  Information at SEDS, an elliptical galaxy in Virgo

Images:
A big image at NOAO (75 K)


M60 (NGC 4649): M60  Information at SEDS, an elliptical galaxy in Virgo

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (19 K) of a big image at NOAO (93 K)


M61 (NGC 4303): M61  Information at SEDS, a spiral galaxy in Virgo

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (19 K) of a big image at NOAO (396 K)


M62 (NGC 6266): M62  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Ophiuchus

Images:
A reduced K version (47 K) of a medium-sized image at NASA's Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (170 K)


M63 (NGC 5055): M63  Information at SEDS, The Sunflower Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici

Images:
A medium-big sized image from NASA (112 K)


M64 (NGC 4826): M64  Information at SEDS, The Black Eye Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (33 K) of a big image from the Hubble Space Telescope (435 K)


M65 (NGC 3623): M65  Information at SEDS, a spiral galaxy in Leo

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (11 K) of a big image at NOAO (269 K)


M66 (NGC 3627): M66  Information at SEDS, a spiral galaxy in Leo

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (14 K) of a big image at NOAO (256 K)


M67 (NGC 2682): M67  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Cancer

Images:
A medium-big sized image at NOAO (31 K)


M68 (NGC 4590): M68  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Hydra

Images:
A medium sized image at NOAO (42 K)


M69 (NGC 6637): M69  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Sagittarius

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (40 K) of a big image at NOAO (170 K)


M70 (NGC 6637): M70  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Sagittarius

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (40 K) of a big image at NOAO (227 K)


M71 (NGC 6838): M71  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Sagitta

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (58 K) of a big image by Sven Kohle and Till Credner (387 K)


M72 (NGC 6981): M72  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Aquarius

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (58 K) of a big image at NOAO (313 K)


M73 (NGC 6994): M73  Information at SEDS, some stars in Aquarius

Images:
A medium sized image at NOAO (25 K)


M74 (NGC 628): M74  Information at SEDS, a spiral galaxy in Pisces

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (34 K) of a big image from NASA (179 K)


M75 (NGC 6864): M75  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Sagittarius

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (23 K) of a big image at NOAO (315 K)


M76 (NGC 650): M76  Information at SEDS, The Little Dumbell, a planetary nebula in Perseus

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (19 K) of a big image at NOAO (73 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (16 K) of a big image at NOAO (478 K)


M77 (NGC 1068): M77  Information at SEDS, Cetus A, a spiral galaxy in Cetus

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (14 K) of a big image at NOAO (357 K)


M78 (NGC 2068): M78  Information at SEDS, a reflection nebula in Orion

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (27 K) of a big image at NOAO (458 K)
A big image from NASA (42 K)


M79 (NGC 1904): M79  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Lepus

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (34 K) of a big image at NOAO (330 K)
A big image at NOAO (69 K)


M80 (NGC 6093): M80  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Scorpius

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (54 K) of a big image by the Hubble Space Telescope (295 K)


M81 (NGC 3031): M81  Information at SEDS, Bode's Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Ursa Major

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (20 K) of a big image by Robert Gendler (231 K)


M82 (NGC 3034): M82  Information at SEDS, The Cigar Galaxy, an irregular galaxy in Ursa Major

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (9 K) of a big image at NOAO (176 K)
A medium-big sized image at NASA (161 K)


M83 (NGC 5236): M83  Information at SEDS, The Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Hydra

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (44 K) of a medium-big sized (827 K) and a big image at the European Southern Observatory (2778 K)
A medium-sized image at SEDS (53 K)


M84 (NGC 4374): M84  Information at SEDS, a lenticular galaxy in Virgo

Images:
A medium sized image at SEDS (55 K)


M85 (NGC 4382): M85  Information at SEDS, a lenticular galaxy in Coma Berenices

Images:
A reduced K version (56 K) of a medium-sized image at NASA's Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (240 K)


M86 (NGC 4406): M86  Information at SEDS, a lenticular galaxy in Virgo

Images:
A medium sized image at NOAO (11 K)


M87 (NGC 4486): M87  Information at SEDS, Virgo A, an elliptical galaxy in Virgo

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (20 K) of a big image at NOAO (90 K)
A medium-sized image at the Anglo-Australian Observatory (24 K)


M88 (NGC 4501): M88  Information at SEDS, a spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (14 K) of a big image at NOAO (422 K)


M89 (NGC 4552): M89  Information at SEDS, an elliptical galaxy in Virgo

Images:
A medium-big sized image at NOAO (36 K)


M90 (NGC 4569): M90  Information at SEDS, a spiral galaxy in Virgo

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (25 K) of a big image at NOAO (488 K)


M91 (NGC 4548): M91  Information at SEDS, a spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (15 K) of a big image at NOAO (344 K)


M92 (NGC 6341): M92  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Hercules

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (37 K) of a medium-big sized image at NOAO (128 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (39 K) of a big image at NOAO (402 K)
A medium-big sized image by Chris Deforeit (75 K)


M93 (NGC 2447): M93  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Puppis

Images:
A medium-small sized image at SEDS (43 K)


M94 (NGC 4736): M94  Information at SEDS, a spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (12 K) of a big image by Robert Gendler (457 K)


M95 (NGC 3351): M95  Information at SEDS, a spiral galaxy in Leo

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (25 K) of a big image at NOAO (420 K)


M96 (NGC 3368): M96  Information at SEDS, a spiral galaxy in Leo

Images:
A cropped, reduced K version (13 K) of a big image at NOAO (163 K)


M97 (NGC 3587): M97  Information at SEDS, The Owl Nebula, a planetary nebula in Ursa Major

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (12 K) of a big image at NOAO (183 K)
A medium-sized image at NOAO (11 K)


M98 (NGC 4192): M98  Information at SEDS, a spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (36 K) of a big image at NOAO (583 K)


M99 (NGC 4254): M99  Information at SEDS, a spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (20 K) of a big image at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Alabama (512 K)


M100 (NGC 4321): M100  Information at SEDS, a spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (17 K) of a big image at NOAO (283 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (24 K) of a big image at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (366 K)


M101 (NGC 5457): M101  Information at SEDS, The Pinwheel Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Ursa Major

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (26 K) of a big image at NOAO (322 K)
A medium-sized, reduced K version (24 K) of a big image at NOAO (170 K)


M102 (NGC 5866):M102  Information at SEDS, The Spindle Galaxy, a lenticular galaxyNGC 5866) in Draco

Images:
A cropped, medium-sized, reduced K version (14 K) of a big image at NOAO (71 K)


M103 (NGC 581): M103  Information at SEDS, an open cluster in Casseopeia

Images:
A medium sized image at NOAO (25 K)


M104 (NGC 4594): M104  Information at SEDS, The Sombrero Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Virgo

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (20 K) of a big image by the Hubble Space Telesceope (435 K)
A medium-big sized image at SEDS (54 K)


M105 (NGC 3379): M105  Information at SEDS, an elliptical galaxy in Leo

Images:
A cropped, reduced K version (12 K) of a big image at SEDS (71 K)


M106 (NGC 4258): M106  Information at SEDS, a spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (16 K) of a big image from NASA (253 K)


M107 (NGC 6171): M107  Information at SEDS, a globular cluster in Ophiuchus

Images:
A medium sized image at NOAO (55 K)


M108 (NGC 3556): M108  Information at SEDS, a spiral galaxy in Ursa Major

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (31 K) of a big image at NOAO (392 K)


M109 (NGC 6171): M109  Information at SEDS, a spiral galaxy in Ursa Major

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (23 K) of a big image at NOAO (413 K)


M110 (NGC 205): M110  Information at SEDS, a satellite elliptical galaxy of M31 in Andromeda

Images:
A medium-sized, reduced K version (20 K) of a big image at NOAO (335 K)



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