Messier, Charles

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Messier, Charles (1730-1817), a French astronomer, discovered or independently codiscovered some 20 comets, earning him the nickname the �ferret of comets� by King Louis XV. He compiled the first catalog of nonstellar objects (nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies) visible from the Northern Hemisphere.


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