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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
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 N=FCtziweid (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 !
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