This Day In Astro History

February 26

1842 - Birthday, Camille Flammarion, prolific and widely read popularizer of astronomy and the notion of there being extraterrestrial life. Flammarion is also associated with M104. It is numerically the first object of the Messier catalog which was not included in Messier's originally published catalog. However, Messier added it by hand in his personal copy on 11th May 1781 as a "very faint nebula." It was Flammarion who found that its position coincided with Herschel's H I.43, which is the Sombrero galaxy, and added it to the official Messier list.
Camille Flammarion (1842-1925) Camille Flammarion 
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