Charles Messier was a French astronomer who was most notable for publishing an astronomical catalogue consisting of galaxies, nebulae and star clusters that came to be known as the 110 Messier objects.
Messier was baptized on 26 June 1730 in Badonviller, then a village in the Duchy of Lorraine. He was the tenth of twelve children of Françoise Grandblaise and Nicolas Messier, a Court usher. Six of his brothers and sisters died while young and in 1741, his father died.
On November 26, 1770, Charles Messier, aged 40, married Marie Madeleine Dorlodot (de Vermonchant), the daughter of Jacques Dorlodot and Françoise Debonnet at Saint-Étienne-du-Mont parish in Paris. On March 15, 1772, Madame Messier gave birth to a son, who was christened Antoine-Charles. Following the birth, both Madame Messier and the small boy died within 11 days, Madame Messier on March 23, and Antoine-Charles on March 26, 1772.
In the night of April 11-12, 1817, Charles Messier passed away in his 87th year, in his home in Paris. Messier is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, in Section 11.
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