Today in History: March 18

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In 1781

Something known by very few:

Messier** rediscovered

M92.*

*The 92nd  globular cluster in Messier's Catalogue; that is, " a large group of old stars that are closely packed in a symmetrical, somewhat spherical form. Globular clusters, so called because of their roughly spherical appearance, are the largest and most massive star clusters."   [Encyclopaedia Britannica]

** French astronomer Charles Messier (1730-1817),  who was known as the 'Ferret of Comets', began his catalogue because he was tired of confusing comets with distant galaxies, clusters, and nebulae.

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  • Rediscovered, that long ago! I love it. Thank you.

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