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Charles Messier
Charles Messier was born in Badonviller, France in 1730 into a rich family with twelve children. Messier got his first job at age twenty one in Paris where he copied a map of China. In 1757 Messier began looking for the comet Halley, another scientist found it before Messier which caused Messier to devote his life to finding comets. Charles Messier died on April 11, 1817.
Charles Messier was born on June 26, 1730 in Badonviller to Nicolas Messier and Francoise b. Glandblaise. Nicolas Messier worked in the Administration of the princes of Salm. Messier’s early life included a wealthy family with twelve children, six of the children died early in life, Messier only knew five of his siblings. Messier’s father died when Charles was eleven years old, making Charles’s older brother Hyacinthe the oldest man in the house. When Charles fell out of a window and broke his leg he was unable to attend school so Hyacinthe taught Charles at home. This education affected Charles’s life when he grew up. As a child Charles was very interested in astronomy, he enjoyed looking at the stars and witnessed a six-tailed comet at age fourteen. He became even more interested in astronomy at age eighteen when he saw a solar eclipse, although from Badonviller it appeared as a half eclipse.
Charles Messier found his first job when he was twenty one. A family friend, the Abbé Thélson, found two job opportunities for Messier, the first with the curator of the palace, the second with an astronomer. Finally Hyacinthe chose a job for Charles, the second, with an astronomer because Hyacinthe believed it would be better for Charles. On September 23, 1751 Messier left Badonviller to Paris for his first day at work. Messier arrived in Paris on Octo...

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...with him in his house, and I conformed with his command." Finally Delisle announced Messier’s discovery on April 1, 1759, although other French astronomers disbelieved him. The anger that followed persuaded Messier to devote his professional life to comet hunting. The anger only grew when Delisle refused to announce another discovery of Messier’s in 1760.
Afterward, Delisle’s attitude toward Messier changed immensely. Delisle supported Messier and let Messier do observational work on his own. Messier documented his second nebula, M2 recorded by Jean-Dominique Maraldi and plotted it on the chart he made earlier with comet Halley. Messier examined the transit of Venus of June 6, 1761, the appearance of Saturn’s rings, and comet 1762 from May to July in 1762. On September 28, 1763, Messier discovered comet 1763, and on January 3, 1764, Messier discovered comet 1764.
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