October 13 1773 CE – Charles Messier Discovers the Whirlpool Galaxy

October 13 1773 CE – Charles Messier Discovers the Whirlpool GalaxyRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Hunting through the night sky, French astronomer Charles Messier was frustrated on the evening of October 13, 1773. Desperate to find comets to track with his telescope, he had taken to compiling a list of other celestial objects to make sure he didn’t mistake them for the real thing — and on this particular night, he found the Whirlpool Galaxy, one of the most beautiful and famous of them all. Part of a two-galaxy system 23 million light years away, it has been a favorite for amateurs and professionals alike for more than […]