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June 26th in Astronomy and Space Science
Birth1730French astronomer Charles Messier born. A dedicated comet hunter, Messier discovered 20 comets, 14 of which were new objects that still carry his name. In the course of his comet hunting he compiled a list of 103 objects which might be mistaken for comets. This list, called the Catalog of Nebulae and Star Clusters is now what Messier is most remembered for, being a list of almost all of the interesting non-stellar objects visible in small telescopes from the northern latitudes. Some of Messier's hand written notes were later incorporated as objects M104 through M110.
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