The Messier objects are a set of astronomical objects catalogued by French astronomer Charles Messier in his catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters first published in 1774. The original motivation behind the catalogue was that Messier was a comet hunter, and was frustrated by objects which resembled but were not comets. He therefore compiled a list of these objects.
The Astronomical League of Kansas City, Missouri issues the certificates after careful review of the amateur’s journal of the sightings.
The Vicker’s received their award from David Paessler, who submits the awards for WKAA.
Currently there are 110 objects in deep space that carry the Messier description. They are named M1 through M110.
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