2016 Messier Marathon Results
Messier Marathon 2016
In the year 2016, New Moon will occur on March 9 and April 7, so the best
Marathon time in mid-March will be prevented by the Moon. There will be two
opportunities for Messier Marathon, the first and primary on March 12/13, 2016
where M30 will be extremely difficult to impossible from most locations,
and April 2/3, 2016 where it will be extremely improbable to succeed in
finding the first evening objects, M74 and M77.
According to Tom Polakis' investigation, on the
first primary occasion, a full score of 110 Messier Objects should be
possible from locations between 9 deg and 27 deg Northern Latitude with most
difficult object M30 in the morning, and southern limit from M52, while
on the secondary date in April, the probable invisibility of M74 will make
it so unlikely.
Messier Marathon Events 2016
Again, we plan to announce all scheduled 2016 Messier Marathon Events
Please submit any scheduled events
for announce here.
- Martijn Straub of Holland is planning his first Messier Marathon
during the week of March 7-11, 2016 from the Mirador de los Andenes in
La Palma. He will do this with a 15x70 binoculars on a tripod.
- The 2016 All Arizona Messier Marathon
is scheduled for the weekend of March 12/13, 2016.
This event is sponsored again by the
Saguaro Astronomy Club (SAC) (for the 24th time).
It will be held at the same site as last years,
the Salome Emergency Airfield (a.k.a. "Hovatter Airstrip"), an abandoned
airport, about 100 miles west of Phoenix.
- A.J. Crayon, Rick Tejera, & Jack Jones
SAC's 2016 All Arizona Messier Marathon announce, and their
All Arizona Messier Marathon facebook page.
- The Mauna Kea Messier Marathon 2016 is
scheduled for the night of March 12/13, 2016 at the Ka'ohe observing site,
organized and sponsored by the West Hawaii Astronomy Club and lead by
Andrew Cooper. Participants and
guest observers are invited to join. Andrew will provide a Messier Marathon
observing list adjusted for their latitude of 20d N.
The site is situated along the old Saddle Road, just above the Kilohana
hunter check in station; the precise location can be found on
- Andrew Cooper
- The SPACE Messier Marathon 2016,
first half of 55, is scheduled for March 5-6, 2016 in Tehla, Rajastan
by 18 astronomy educators. Live updates will be posted to twitter -
see announce above.
This event will be sponsored by the
Education Department, SPACE.
- Vikrant Narang
San Francisco Amateur Astronomers (SFAA) and the
San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers will host again an apparition
of Charles Messier (actually Kenneth Frank dressed) on Mount Tamalpais in
Marin County, California, USA, and join for holding a Messier Marathon on
April 2, 2016.
- Kenneth Frank (nee Charles :) )
If you have undertaken, or participated in, a Messier Marathon, 2016 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!
While it is the goal of the Messier Marathon to observe as many Messier
Objects in a night as possible, it is sometimes convenient and enjoyable
to combine the Messier Marathon with some other observational activities,
in case some time is left during the night session. In the following, we
propose some options to select from:
Deepsky enthusiasts can look for additional clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.
While you can certainly pick and observe whatever you like, we also provide
a list of additional deepsky objects to select
from (also available with data).
It is always delightful to add to the Messier Marathon the observation of
as many of the planets as possible, with Uranus impossible this year and
Neptune at least extremely difficult on the primary weekend.
Some comets brighter than about mag 14.0 will be visible; we will list them
below from various sources (e.g.,
IAU's Observable Comets page,
Skyhound's Comet Chasing page,
Gary Kronk's list of current comets, Seiichi Yoshida's Visual Comet lists
for the northern and
and the Fachgruppe Kometen list):
Comet RA (2000.0) Dec mag RA (2000.0) Dec mag
March 13, 2016 April 3, 2016
10P/Tempel 2 00:59:41 -02:25.6 13.9 01:49:48 +02:39.7 14.8
C/2013 US10 Catalina 04:11:30 +53:54.0 9.2 04:25:13 +49:37.6 10.3
81P/WIld 2 05:24:41 +21:38.3 12.8 05:56:31 +22:30.8 12.6
252P/LINEAR 05:51:24 -51:08.8 11.5 17:34:12 -07:55.4 12.2
9P/Tempel 1 12:18:20 +19:14.2 13.4 11:58:25 +20:53.4 12.6
116P/Wild 4 15:51:21 -21:26.4 12.3 16:00:11 -22:42.4 12.2
53P/Van Biesbroeck 19:19:55 -16:54.9 14.6 19:56:19 -15:23.0 14.3
29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 19:36:12 -25:58.4 15.8 19:47:15 -25:33.8 15.7 Outbursts! c. 11m
C/2014 W2 PANSTARRS 20:34:31 +65:38.7 14.0 20:20:48 +68:16.1 14.0
Note that occasionally comets become bright shortly (like Hyakutake in 1996,
Hale-Bopp in 1997, Ikeya-Zhang and Utsunomiya in 2002), so check back for
possible updates shortly before Marathon date. Also occasionally, a supernova
of brightness available to amateur telesopes may have flashed up be spottable
in time (like SN 1998S in NGC 3877, SN 2002ap in M74, SN 2006X in M100,
SN 2012aw in M95, and SN 2014J in M82 in their years of appearance).
This year, of the "first" four minor planets, only (3) Juno will be in
favorable oserving situation, but faint. (1) Ceres will be close to the Sun
and thus impossible, while both (4) Vesta and (2) Pallas will be difficult
objects in the evening and the morning sky, respectively.
For those who want to try these objects, data for the two weekends in
question are as follows:
Planet RA (2000.0) Dec mag RA (2000.0) Dec mag
March 13, 2016 April 3, 2016
(1) Ceres 23:25:10 -12:22.8 9.0 23:55:44 -09:15.3 9.2
(2) Pallas 20:52:28 +05:27.7 10.6 21:15:03 +07:24.6 10.6
(3) Juno 15:01:30 -05:46.5 10.5 14:53:57 -04:18.5 10.3
(4) Vesta 02:05:18 +07:39.1 8.4 02:38:40 +10:58.8 8.4
meteors from various showers may occur, and depending on your
location, you may be able to observe the
International Space Station, ISS.
Please send me any results of your
Messier Marathon for inclusion in our
Messier Marathon Results page!
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