Please submit any scheduled
Messier Marathon 2006 Events!
Messier Marathoners: Send me your
results! (2006 or earlier)
2006 Messier Marathon Results
Messier Marathon 2006
The year 2006 will offer an opportunity for the Messier Marathon on the weekend
of March 25/26, and a second chance on April 01/02. This time, there is again
a good chance to hunt down all 110 objects.
The 2006 Messier Marathon will perhaps be one of the last occasions to combine
a nine-planet marathon with the Messier event, but Neptune will be extremely
difficult if at all possible, Uranus also difficult in the morning.
Some comets brighter than about mag 14.0 may be visible; we list them below
from various sources (e.g.,
IAU's Observable Comets page,
Gary Kronk's list of current comets and the
Fachgruppe Kometen list):
Comet RA (2000.0) Dec mag
March 26, 2006
For the record: Southerners with large instruments may still try to spot
now-faint (mag 18.5) old friend C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp at RA 02:54.53,
C/2005 E2 (McNaught) 01:43.96 +21:18.3 9.4
29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 02:24.21 +23:02.5 15.7 has outbursts! (c. 13m)
C/2003 WT42 (LINEAR) 09:39.21 +51:48.9 9.9
73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 14:31.26 +17:54.3 12.4
71P/Clark 17:19.22 -19:47.1 13.6
C/2004 B1 (LINEAR) 20:27.17 -20:41.2 14.5
C/2006 A1 (Pojmanski) 22:02.38 +43:13.6 8.7
Note that occasionally comets become bright shortly (like Hyakutake in 1996,
Ikeya-Zhang and Utsunomiya in 2002), so check back for possible updates
shortly before Marathon date.
This year 2006, supernova 2006X
in M100 flashed up just in time (on February 7,
2006) to provide hopes for an enrichment of the Messier Marathon.
meteors from various showers may occur, and depending on your
location, you may be able to observe the
International Space Station, ISS.
Messier Marathon Events 2006
Again, we plan to announce all scheduled 2006 Messier Marathon Events
Please submit any scheduled events
for announce here.
- The 2006 All Arizona Messier Marathon,
sponsored again by the
Saguaro Astronomy Club (SAC) (for the 14th time), will be held in
the night of the weekend of March 25/26, 2006 at the
site south of Arizona City.
- A.J. Crayon & Jack Jones
Also see their short pre-announce and
2006 All Messier Marathon announce.
Texas Astronomical Society is hosting a
2006 Messier Marathon club challenge at their
dark site near Atoka, OK. They have challenged the
Oklahoma City Astronomy Club
to bring their best for a series of observing events, which they have coined
"The First Annual Red River Messier Marathon Shootout."
- Lonnie Wege
- Sorin Hotea will
again organize a National Romania Messier Marathon in 2006 via his
Messier Marathon webpage,
http://www.astroclubul.org/sorin/messier/ - whoever wants to participate
can do so. Sorin will try his personal Messier Marathon from near
Sighetu-Marmatiei in northern Romania with a 150-mm Dobson.
- Sorin Hotea
- The Birmingham Astronomical
Society of Birmingham Alabama will be hosting its first annual
Messier Marathon on the weekend of March 25/26th with a back up venue set for
the weekend of 1/2 April 2006. The Marathon will be held at the clubs dark
sky site at Chandler Mountain, Al near Horse Pens 40.
- Ed Knight
- The San Francisco Amateur
Astronomers (SFAA) is going to run their
2006 SFAA Messier Marathon on March 25/26, 2006 at at Mount Tamalpais
State Park, Rock Springs parking lot. Note this is a Special Use Permit (SUP)
event, open to SFAA members only. Look at their marathon webpage,
http://www.jotabout.com/sfaa/marathon_2006.html for more info.
- Kenneth Frank (VP AANC)
- The San Jose Astronomical Association
(SJAA) will be hosting the 2006 Messier marathon on March 25/26 at
Henry Coe State Park. The 2006 Messier marathon will be held at the overflow
parking area at Henry Coe. Directions can be found
at the SJAA website.
There is a $5.00 per vehicle night use fee or a $12 fee if you use a
- Bob & Brenda Havner, via Kenneth Frank (also a SJAA member)
- SWAP - Sky Watchers Association of Pune (India) - will be conducting
the 2006 Messier Marathon on March 25-26, from Girawali, about 90 km north of
- Harshad Abhyankar
- Robert Burgess of
Terrace Observatory is planning an attempt to image as many
Messier Objects as possible from a suburban sky, from Terrace Observatory
site east of Toronto in Durham Region, Ontario. The marathon will occur over
one night during the period of March 24th through April 2nd. Details can be
Terrace Observatory Messier Marathon 2006 webpage.
- Robert Burgess
- The Astronomical Society of Las Cruces
will hold its 3rd annual marathon on Saturday, March 25th.
- Rich Richins
- The Kutch Astronomy Club
are planning their first Messier Marathon this year from Bhuj city in the
Kutch District, Gujarat State, India (23:18N, 69:42E). They will be using
two 6-inch telescopes and binoculars. Two events will occur: The first on
March 25-26, 2006, and the second on April 1-2, 2006, both from a dark site
west of Bhuj City.
- Narendra Gor (President, Kutch Astronomy Club, Bhuj)
- The Annual Video Messier Marathon for 2006 is scheduled by the
Observatory of the Herrett Center for Arts and Science, College of
Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, Idaho on March 25-26, 2006, from 7:00pm to 6:00am
MST. A computer controlled 24" telescope will send live video images of the
Messier objects which will be displayed to the audience. The event will be
free for the public. Also, CCD images are planned to be uploaded on
a special website.
See their full announce!
- Chris Anderson
- The Northern Virginia Astronomy Club
(NOVAC) woll hold two Messier Marathopn sessions in 2006, the first
on March 25th at Crockett Park and the second on April 29th at Camp High Road.
details on their Messier Marathon Resource webpage
- Ciprian "Chip" Sufitchi
- The Astronomic Academy of Taipei, Taiwan will be having a Messier
Marathon Compatition in Taiwan for astronomic fans. The competition will be
going on April 1-2, 2006.
- Keng-Min Lin
- The Agrupacion Astronomica de Cadiz
"Hercules" (Spain) will hold 2 Messier Marathon 2006 sessions: the
first on March 25th at Pantano del Celemin (Benalup-Spain) and the second
on April 1st at Tavizna (Ubrique-Spain).
If you have undertaken, or participated in, a Messier Marathon, 2006 or
earlier, if not already done so, please
send me your or your group's results, or the link to your results page,
for inclusion in our Messier Marathon Results page!
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