Messier Minutes

Insider's Guide to the Galaxy presents... Messier Minutes, Hosts: Chris Vaughan and Samantha Jewett

We have completed our Messier Minutes series. If you missed any episodes, want to rewatch, or looking for our guides, check out the table below!  In each episode, we review the Messier objects visible in the sky in the next two weeks, including tips and tricks on how to find them. The dates are from the year 2022, when our series aired. However, you can observe the objects at approximately the same time each year. Follow along in observing the 110 targets from one of the most famous lists of Deep Sky Objects and work towards your RASC Messier Observing Certificate!

Check out resources and links to past episodes in the table below:

Episode Description Resources


RASC Observing Programs

An introduction to all the RASC Observing Programs, including the Messier Certificate. General Questions about working towards and receiving an RASC observing certificate are answered here!

RASC Observing Programs

Messier Minutes Guide Part 1 - Intro To Messier Certificate


Episode 1:

February 1st - 14th, 2022

Early and Late evening targets to view over the next two weeks following the new moon. If you are lucky you can catch some "Autumn" targets in the early evening!

Messier Minutes Guide Part 2

The Nebulas in this list are discussed in the main section of this week's Insider's Guide episode (All About Nebulas), view the whole episode here!

Episode 2:

February 15th - March 1st, 2022

Early evening targets to view over the next two weeks when the Moon is prominent in the sky. We are focusing on Open Star Clusters, including the well-known Pleiades! Messier Minutes Guide Part 3
Episode 3:
March 1st - 14th, 2022
Early evening targets that are visible in the winter sky over the next two weeks. Another viewing list full of open clusters! Messier Minutes Guide Part 4

Episode 4:

March 15th - March 28th, 2022

Late evening targets that are visible over the next couple of weeks around the full and waning moon.  Messier Minutes Guide Part 5

Episode 5:

March 29th - April 11th, 2022

A whole bunch of targets for the next two weeks. In this episode, we focus on the Virgo Cluster and Markarian’s Chain. As well as review five objects in Leo! Messier Minutes Guide Part 6

Episode 6:

April 12th - April 25th, 2022

It's a short list this week, with only two targets! Messier Minutes Guide Part 7

Episode 7:

April 26th - May 9th, 2022

We are moving into summer targets this week. As the weather gets warmer and stargazing more comfortable be sure to look for these objects when you head out! Messier Minutes Guide Part 8

Episode 8: 

May 10th - May 23rd, 2022

Four targets to look out for this week. Including the classic summer targets M13 (Hercules Star Cluster)! Messier Minutes Guide Part 9 

Episode 9:

May 24th - June 6th, 2022

This week's target list completes the last of the Spring Messiers! Messier Minutes Guide Part 10

Episode 10:

June 7th - July 4th, 2022

We focus on westerly summer messier targets you can see over the next month! Messier Minutes Guide Part 11

Episode 11: 

July 5th - August 15th, 2022

We focus on the southerly summer Messier objects in Sagittarius and Scorpius. Messier Minutes Guide Part 12

Episode 12:

August 16th - September 12th, 2022

We focus on the northerly summer messier objects in this week's episode! Messier Minutes Guide Part 13

Episode 13:

September 13th - September 26th, 2022

The last of the summer messier objects are covered in this week's episode!  Messier Minutes Guide Part 14

Episode 14: 

September 27th - October 10th, 2022

Only four messier objects left after this week! Messier Minutes Guide Part 15

Episode 15:

October 11th - October 24th, 2022 

This is the end of the Messier Minutes! We will cover the final four targets this week. Messier Minutes Guide Part 16


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