Messier was born in Badonviller in the Lorraine region of France. Six of his brothers and sisters died as children and in 1741, his father died. Charles became interested in astronomy after he saw the great six-tailed comet in 1744 and by a solar eclipse on July 25, 1748.
Messier discovered thirteen comets :
- Amateur Photos of Charles Messier Objects Archived 2012-07-28 at the Wayback Machine
- Messier Marathon Archived 2011-09-02 at the Wayback Machine Tries to find as many Messier objects as possible in one night.
- New General Catalog and Index Catalog revisions
- Clickable table of Messier objects Archived 2014-10-20 at the Wayback Machine