Please submit any scheduled
Messier Marathon 2008 Events!
Messier Marathoners: Send me your
results! (2008 or earlier)
2008 Messier Marathon Results
Messier Marathon 2008
In the year 2008, Full Moon will occur on March 21, 2008, thus ruining this
optimal date for many sites for the Messier Marathon, but leaving two options:
The first in early March, and the second near the end of March or early April.
The first option with the weekend of March 8-9, 2008 is a secondary one for
most latitudes, while the primary option, on the weekend of March 29-30, 2008,
offers a good option for "mid-northern" latitudes to hunt down all 110 objects.
Note however that for low latitudes, the first date will be the better option.
The 2008 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 will 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 RA (2000.0) Dec mag
March 10, 2008 March 30, 2008
Those south enough can observe some of the following also:
C/2008 C1 (Chen-Gao) 03:08.49 +50:38.2 12.0 04:41.92 +36:11.0 11.7
46P/Wirtanen 03:54.84 +28:53.4 9.9 05:39.70 +34:35.4 10.9
17P/Holmes 04:02.97 +37:34.6 04:32.89 +36:50.7
29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 05:48.93 +29:07.3 15.6 05:55.16 +28:40.0 15.7 Outbursts! (c. 13m)
C/2007 T1 (McNaught) 05:59.90 -28:47.4 13.5 06:13.03 -10:30.7 14.8
C/2007 B2 (Skiff) 12:39.56 +05:58.0 13.2 12:25.19 +04:44.4 13.0
C/2007 W1 (Boattini) 12:41.86 -14:15.5 12.5 12:18.49 -17:04.3 10.1
C/2007 G1 (LINEAR) 18:16.93 -03:45.3 14.1 18:21.04 -05:28.6 13.6
8P/Tuttle 03:52.59 -56:15.4 9.7 04:43.17 -60:02.5 11.2
C/2008 A1 (McNaught) 05:16.68 -40:41.9 13.8 05:11.70 -37:53.4 13.4
C/2006 Q1 (McNaught) 09:27.17 -45:52.2 11.6 09:25.96 -39:03.7 11.4
For the record: Southerners with large instruments may still try to spot
now-faint (mag 19.3) old friend C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp at
RA 02:02.84, Dec -83:17.6 (March 10) and RA 02:20.50, Dec -82 53.7 (March 30),
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.
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 2008
Again, we plan to announce all scheduled 2008 Messier Marathon Events
Please submit any scheduled events
for announce here.
- On the behalf of the
Sociedad Astronomica de Sonora Carl Sagan (SASCS) of Hermosillo
Sonora Mexico, Dr. Salvador Aguirre is organizing the 2008 Messier
Marathon, scheduled for March 29/30, 2008, at location
Lat: 29:19:10N, Long: 110:49:2 W.
- Salvador Aguirre
- The 2008 All Arizona Messier Marathon
is scheduled for April 5/6, 2008.
This event is sponsored again by the
Saguaro Astronomy Club (SAC) (for the 16th time), and will be
held again at the site south of Arizona City.
- A.J. Crayon & Jack Jones
SAC's 2008 All Messier Marathon announce.
- The TUVA Astronomy Club
and Astronomy Club of Tulsa
have announced that they will be holding their annual Messier Marathon at the
TUVA Astronomy Club site outside of Coucil Hill, OK. The date of April 5-6
was chosen so that there would be no hindrance from the moon. It has been
calculated that all but M74, M77 and M33 will be able to be seen.
- David Stine
- The United Astronomer Clubs of New
Jersey are having their second Messier Marathon this year.
- Jim Norton
- The Astronomical Society of Las
Cruces (ASLC) are planning their Messier Marathon 2008.
Primary date is March 8; back-up date is April 5. Check their website
for more details.
- Richard Richins
- The Las Vegas Astronomical Society
(LVAS) will be conducting their annual Messier Marathon the nights of
March 7 and 8, 2008. The event will be held in the camp ground of Temple Bar
Marina, AZ on Lake Mead. The turn off is just north of the 20-mile marker on
US Highway 93 south of Hoover Dam.
- John Heller
- The San Francisco Amateur
Astronomers (SFAA) will hold their 2008 SFAA Messier Marathon on
Mt. Tamalpias in Marin County on March 8-9, with an alternative date of
April 5-6, 2008. As a highlight, it is scheduled that Monsieur Messier
will make an apparition during this event (actually Ken Frank dressed in a
Charles Messier outfit).
They will have Don Machholz speaking on "Charles Messier & the Messier
Marathon" during their general membership meeting on March 19 at 8:00 pm
- Kenneth Frank, SFAA president
- Sorin Hotea, a
computer teacher and amateur astronomer from northern Romania, in Sighet, is
organizing again this year the National Messier Marathon in Romania.
Romanian astronomers are requested to contribute their events and results to
his "Maratonul Messier 2008" website.
- Sorin Hotea
- The Centennial Observatory is holding its fourth annual Video
Messier Marathon on March 28/29, 2008. The event begins at 7:00 pm MDT
(01:00 UT March 29) with a 1-hour presentation about Charles Messier, his
catalog, and the marathon, followed by live video images from their
telescopes as the sky gets dark enough (around 8:15 pm to 8:30 pm MDT).
This year, for the first time, they will be streaming their video images
live to the internet via ustream.tv.
See their website
and the video
In event of bad weather, they will try again on the following night
- Chris Anderson
- The Agrupacion Astronomica de Cadiz "Hercules" will try their
Messier Marathon in Tavizna, Spain during the night of Saturday-Sunday
April 5-6, 2008.
- Alberto Romero
If you have undertaken, or participated in, a Messier Marathon, 2008 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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