Sarah Eve Roberts, Las Cumbres Observatory Education Specialist
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What is Messier Bingo?
Charles Messier lived in Paris in the 18th century. He wanted to become famous by discovering comets. When he looked through his telescope he often re-discovered objects which were already known and were not comets. So he didn't waste time, each time he found an object that did not move in the sky he catalogued it.
There are 110 objects in the catalogue. Messier Bingo is game that showcases these objects, and maybe even helps you to learn the difference between the different types.
The bingo tombola generates random images of objects from the Messier Bingo catalogye for you to play the game with, simulating a traditional bingo tombola. All of the images you see in this game have been taken with the Las Cumbres Observatory telescope network, most of them by schools.
The images are shown in a random order and are not taken out of circulation once they have been played, more people can join the game once it has started and you can play multiple times.