From the October 2010 issue

Glenn Chaple’s Observing Basics: Feast on the winter crab

December 2010: A supernova blast seen in 1054 continues to dazzle in December skies.
By | Published: October 20, 2010 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
The Crab Nebula (M1) is one of the sky’s most famous targets. It’s an expanding cloud of gas and dust that represents the outer layers of a star that exploded in A.D. 1054.
Cliff Wright

Bonsoir mesdames et messieurs! Mon nom est Charles Messier, et je … Excusez-moi! I forget that you are primarily an English-speaking audience. Let me start again. Good evening ladies and gentlemen! My name is Charles Messier, and I am known throughout Europe as a comet-hunter par excellence.