Messier's drawings of the Andromeda Galaxy M31 (Andromeda Nebula at his time) with its companions M32 and M110, and of the Orion Nebula M42 with M43. Click on the images to get larger versions.
Messier's M31 image has some descriptions of the 3 "nebulae" shown, including the discoverers, and thus documenting Messier's 1773 discovery of M110.
In the M42 image, M43 can just be seen as small nebula around the star below and right of M42.
Last Modification: 7 Feb 1998, 18:10 MET