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Amazing objects to observe in Taurus

This is no bull — just great deep-sky observing.
Harrington

I closed last month’s column, which discussed some off-the-beaten-path targets in Taurus, with the promise that we would return to the Bull this month in search for the corpse of a star that died millennia ago.

That stellar corpse is none other than the famous Crab Nebula (M1), one of the most fascinating objects found anywhere in the heavens. When he first happened upon it August 28, 1758, Charles Messier mistook it for a comet. This singularly important observation ultimately led to his now-famous list of deep-sky objects. But Messier was not the first person to lay eyes on the Crab. That moment went to London physician John Bevis, who had discovered it 27 years earlier.

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