Without addressing Charles Messier, it will be difficult to get very far with a regular series about things in deep space.
Because Messier accomplished something between 1771 and 1784 that keeps his name nearly perpetually on the lips of amateur and professional astronomers alike today.
In 1730, Messier was born in northern France, where his father had the extremely significant position of "court usher."
Which is very akin to being a bailiff today, with the exception that the sole responsibility of the position was to wait outside the courtroom
with the defendants before leading them inside when their names were called
then depart There it was. The ushers in the court certainly didn't check tickets or carry flashlights, but you can sure there was some snazzy
Messier's father passed away when he was eleven years old. By that time, half of his 12 siblings had also passed away.
The exact situations Charles, his mother, and his siblings that are still alive are unknown. Then, though, something completely extraordinary occurred.
The Great Six-Tailed Comet of 1744 was that item.
There are ordinary comets and extraordinary comets. Undoubtedly one of the latter was the fire that lit up the sky in 1743 and 1744.
The comet was apparently bright enough to be seen in daylight and outshone Venus in the evening sky as it sped past the Earth toward the Sun.
In addition to its already highly uncommon double-tail, it additionally grew a long, noticeable tail
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