(IAAC) Messier Marathon 1998

Messier Marathon time is upcoming ! Get ready !

For more information, and links to all you need for a successful Messier
Marathon, including observing lists for printout, look at the Messier
Marathon Homepage at


Enjoy, and good luck for your hunt,

                               - hartmut -

From the Messier Marathon 1998 page:

                           Messier Marathon 1998
   This year, the date around the weekend from Friday 27 to Sunday 29th
   of March, 1998 gives a good opportunity to observe actually all 110
   Messier objects, for observers of mid-northern latitude (20-40 deg).
   Unlike the last two years, no spectacular comet is present this time,
   but you can observe the planets Venus, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and
   Pluto also during this night. Meteors might be visible from the
   following showers: Eta Draconids, Beta Leonids, perhaps some
   Leonids-Ursids, Eta Virginids, or Pi Virginids. Comets visible,
   according to the JPL index of Currently Visible Comets, sorted by
   apparent magnitude (for March 28, 1998):

Comet                       RA (2000.0) Dec  mag

C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp         04:59.9  -53:43   8.0
C/1997 J2 Meunier-Dupouy    21:48.0  +31:44  11.2
C/1997 T1 Utsunomiya        18:06.7  -10:44  12.2
103P/Hartley 2              05:13.5  +07:31  12.9
43P/Wolf-Harrington         09:25.8  -15:46  14.3
C/1996 D1 Mueller           02:36.7  -11:56  15.0
104P/Kowal 2                04:02.1  +14:07  15.3
29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1  13:30.1  -20:45  15.6
78P/Gehrels 2               06:44.1  +16:07  16.0
C/1997 O1 Tilbrook          15:21.7  +73:36  16.1
128P/Shoemaker-Holt 1       04:53.3  +19:09  16.1
132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2      04:46.3  +17:07  18.3

   Supernova ! A very special bonus is the 12th-magnitude supernova
   1998S, which occurred timely in the galaxy NGC 3877 in Ursa Major;
   this galaxy is also only about 12th magnitude, but many amateurs will
   be able to get it in a break in the marathon.
   Hope these enrichments will be appreciated during your marathon
   session !
                        Messier Marathon Events 1998
   The following Messier Marathon Events have been announced:
     * The Arizona Messier Marathon 1998 will take place on Saturday,
       March 28, 1998 to Sunday, March 29, in Arizona City, Arizona (see
     * The Northern Virginia Astronomy Club will have their third Messier
       Marathon on March 27/28/29, 1998 (cloud date: April 3/4/5) at
       their C.M. Crockett Park site; see their announce.
     * Christian Harder is intending to run a Messier Marathon in
       Northern Germany on March 28, 1998; interested parties please
       contact him by email or phone (In Germany: 04265/8539).
     * The Astroclub Solaris Aarau will run a Messier Marathon on March
       28, 1998 in Aarau/Switzerland. Attendants will meet at the
       Volkssternwarte Nütziweid (Schmiedrued, Schweiz).
   To contribute your event, please email me !
   If you have undertaken, or participated in, a Messier Marathon, please
   email me your or your group's results, or the link to your results
   page ! Also send me past results which are not already in our Messier
   Marathon Results page !
   Marathon Home
   Hartmut Frommert (spider@seds.org)
   Christine Kronberg (smil@lrz.uni-muenchen.de)
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