Please submit any scheduled Messier Marathon 2007 Events!
Messier Marathoners: Send me your results! (2007 or earlier)
  • 2007 Messier Marathon Results

    Messier Marathon 2007

    The year 2007 will offer a good opportunity for the Messier Marathon on the weekend of March 17/18, and a secondary chance on March 24/25. This time, it will be challenging to hunt down all 110 objects.

    The 2007 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 14.5 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  
                                      March 16, 2007      
    2P/Encke 01:07.97 +13:46.4 11.6 P/2001 Q2 (Petriew) 01:49.74 +07:05.1 12.0 C/2006 K3 (McNaught) 02:39.74 -10:15.8 14.4 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 03:58.60 +28:27.4 15.7 has outbursts! 4P/Faye 04:59.69 +13:16.3 14.1 P/2006 HR30 (Siding Spring) 05:54.76 +25:27.7 13.3 P/2006 T1 (Levy) 15:00.13 -43:01.6 14.7 C/2006 L2 (McNaught) 21:40.65 +68:09.6 14.9
    Southerners will have a chance to spot two more comets, one of them with January fame, the other rather close to the Sun and thus difficult:
    C/2006 P1 (McNaught)          22:55.36 -66:14.9   9.1
    96P/Machholz                  23:36.88 -25:16.6  11.8
    For the record: Southerners with large instruments may also still try to spot now-faint (mag 18.9) old friend C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp at RA 02:26.80, Dec -82:46.9!

    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.

    Also, 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 2007

    Again, we plan to announce all scheduled 2007 Messier Marathon Events here. Please submit any scheduled events for announce here.

    If you have undertaken, or participated in, a Messier Marathon, 2007 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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