Please email me any scheduled
Messier Marathon 2003 Events!
Messier Marathoners: Email me your
results! (2003 or earlier)
2003 Messier Marathon Results
Messier Marathon 2003
The year 2003 will offer two opportunities to run a Messier Marathon,
around the New Moons of March 3 and April 1, the second being the better
chance, but still difficult, to observe
all 110 Messier objects (weekend March 29).
On the occasion of the second, later date, it will be possible to combine an
all-planet marathon with the Messier event, although Mercury and Neptune will
be difficult; on the earlier date, Neptune will be impossible.
Some comets brighter than about mag 14.0 will be visible;
we will list them below, based on the JPL
List of Currently Visible Comets
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 27, 2003 April 1, 2003
The list is RA ordered and thus in the sequence the comets might be
observed from evening through midnight to morning.
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.
C/2002 V1 (NEAT) 02:10.00 -23:44.8 13.2 02:26.74 -22:30.9 13.8
C/2002 X5 (Kudo-Fujikawa) 05:05.03 -11:25.2 9.0 05:19.30 -08:38.8 9.4
C/2001 HT50 (LINEAR-NEAT) 05:50.4 +08:01 11.8 05:46.2 +08:42 11.9
C/2001 RX14 (LINEAR) 11:10.42 +30:58.3 10.6 11:06.56 +29:01.9 10.7
116P/Wild 15:42.8 -21:18 12.0 15:43.5 -21:33 11.9
29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 22:14.8 -08:40 15.7 22:18.09 -08:18.3 15.7 Outbursts!
C/2002 Y1 (Juels-Holvorcem) 23:49.2 +37:37 6.6 00:02.0 +33:56 6.5
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 2003
Again, we plan to announce all scheduled 2003 Messier Marathon Events
Please email me any scheduled events
for announce here.
- The Saguaro Astronomy Club
is again sponsoring the
2003 All Arizona Messier Marathon at the
site south of Arizona City.
It will be on Saturday, March 29, 2003.
[Short early announce]
- The Winston-Salem Astronomical League
is sponsering their first annual
Marathon on March 30, 2003 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Read their announce.
San Jose Astronomical Association
will be hosting the 2003 Messier Marathon on March 29th-30th at
Henry Coe State Park
- Bob Havner, San Jose Astronomical Association
The Northern Virginia Astronomy Club - NOVAC
will held their 2003 Messier Marathon on March 29 at their Highroad
observing site (from their
Monthly Observing Session schedule)
Oklahoma City Astronomy Club will be hosting their annual
Messier Marathon at the club's dark site "The Crop Circle" in Hennessey,
on the night of March 29th and 30th, 2003.
- Jeff Tibb
- This year the Mosborn Messier Marathon will take place the
forth year. It will take place the last weekend in March at a rather
dark side 50 km east of Frankfurt, Germany.
More information is available.
- Klaus Schulze-Frerichs
- The Sangomon Astronomical Society
will hold its second annual Messier Marathon at Jim Egar's Panther Creek
State Park on March 28-29, 2003. This site is located 30 min west of
Springfield, IL, where SAS also holds its Dark Sky Star Party.
- Mike Robertson
- The Austin Astronomical Society
is sponsering a Messier
Marathon 2003. It will be on March 28-29, 2003 at the Eagle Eye
Observatory, Canyon of the Eagles Park, Lake Buchanan, Texas.
- The TUVA Astronomy Club will be holding their annual Messier
Marathon (which began in 1992) on March 29th, 2003 at their site near
Council Hill, Oklahoma.
- David Stine (Email: DStine at exposquare.com)
- "Jyotirvidya Parisanstha, Pune", (also known as JVP) the oldest
amateur astronomers association in India, will hold its annual Messier
Marathon at Tamhini, on March 29/30, 2003. This site is located 60 km
west of Pune where JVP also holds its monthy Dark Sky Star Party.
- SAGAR GOKHALE (Ph.:4446150)
- The Annual Peoria
Astronomical Society Messier Marathon will be
conducted on Saturday, March 29, 2003 at the DGV (Jubilee) Observatory
near Jubilee State Park, west of Peoria, Illinois. Members are
encouraged to set-up by 6 pm. As usual, members are asked to check out
weather reports a day or two before the event and check e-mail messages,
because if it appears that it will be cloudy on the 29th, then the
"cloud out" night will be the night before (28th) if weather looks more
- John Barra, PAS
- This year, the Muskegon
Astronomical Society, Muskegon Michigan will be holding their
Messier Marathon on
Saturday March 29 at our observatory (see web site for directions, more
info available by email).
- Dennis Allen
If you have undertaken, or participated in, a Messier Marathon, 2003 or
earlier, if not already done so, please
email 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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