Please email me your Messier
Marathon 2002 results!
Please email me any scheduled
Messier Marathon 2002 Events!
2002 Messier Marathon Results
Messier Marathon 2002
The year 2002 (the second year of the new millennium) will offer a good
opportunity for hunting down all 110 Messier
objects, as New Moon occurs on March 14 (weekend March 16-17, 2002).
A secondary chance will be on April 6-7 or April 13-14, 2002.
This year, there will be a considerably good chance to combine the Messier
marathon with an all-planet marathon, i.e. you can observe all
solar-system planets during this night, though Neptune and Venus might be
Some comets brighter than about mag 14.0 will be visible;
we list them below, based on the JPL
List of Currently Visible Comets
Gary Kronk's list of current comets and the
Fachgruppe Kometen list):
Comet RA (2000.0) Dec mag RA (2000.0) Dec mag
March 17, 2002 April 11, 2002
Note that C/2001 OG108 (LONEOS) passes close to the North Celestial Pole around
the April Marathon date.
C/2002 F1 (Utsunomiya) 00 08.2 +28 29 6.1
C/2000 SV74 (LINEAR) 23 48.32 +60 34.5 12.9 00 22.94 +66 24.7 13.3
C/2002 C1 (Ikeya-Zhang) 01 26.88 +16 58.8 3.3 23 25.60 +57 20.7 3.8
19P/Borelly 12 06.57 +53 09.6 14.1 11 37.12 +49 27.7 16.0
7P/Pons-Winnecke 17 44.97 +02 27.9 12.5 19 09.93 -00 45.9 11.5
C/2002 E2 (Snyder-Murakami) 19 19.12 +04 42.2 10.0 19 22.19 +34 33.4 10.3
C/2000 WM1 (LINEAR) 19 20.49 -09 50.0 7.4 19 01.95 +09 57.9 8.6
29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 20 42.90 -20 04.0 15.7 21 00.09 -18 43.0 15.6 (has outbursts)
C/2001 OG108 (LONEOS) 21 38.74 +52 20.8 10.1 07 27 +85 29.2 9.5
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), so check back for possible updates shortly before Marathon date.
This year 2002, two events may have occurred just in time for enriching the
marathon: On January 29, 2002, Supernova
2002ap was discovered in M74; this will
probably be still bright on the MM 2002 occasion, though difficult as this
galaxy will be a difficult evening challenge anyway.
Moreover, comet C/2002 C1 (Ikeya-Zhang) was discovered in Cetus at mag 9;
it is to brighten to naked-eye visibility in March! But unfortunately, this
comet will be close to the sun that month; perhaps better visible on the second
marathon occasion in April.
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 2002
At this time, the following Messier Marathon 2002 Events have been announced:
Please email me any scheduled events for
- The 2002 All Arizona Messier Marathon will
take place a little late this year, and is scheduled for April 13-14,
2002, again at the
Arizona City Site.
- The High Deserst Astronomical
Society will hold their 2002 Messier Marathon on March 9, 2002 in
Apple Valley, CA.
- Klaus Schulze-Frerichs
is planning to hold two Messier Marathons this spring, the "Mosborn
Messier Marathon 2002", the first on March 16, and the second on April
13, 2002 from a rather dark site at about 50d N, 6d E. More info
available by email.
- The AHO Astronomical Society of Central NY will host its first Messier
Marathon 2002 . The event will be held the weekend of March 16-17, 2002.
Info available by email.
- The Calumet Astronomical Society will be conducting a Messier marathon
March 15-16 near Lake Village Indiana. Those desiring more information can
contact Chris Brownewell, President CAS
- The San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers will hold their 2002
Messier Marathon on March 16, 2002, near Barstow, CA.
For more information see:
- The Agroupacion Astronomica "MAGALLANES" are planning again this year
to celebrate the messier marathon 2002 (they participate in the 2001 and
2000 messier marathon with a few objects...).
The location is in Tavizna (Cadiz, Spain) and the date the 16th March.
More information is available
-- Alberto Romero
- The South West Florida Astronomical Society will be running their second
Messier Marathon on March 16-17, 2002 at a location known as the Fak. It is
located Southeast of the city of Naples. They expect about 12 to 20 persons
with instruments ranging from their eyes to a 12-inch SCT. More information is
available from Frank J. Mraz.
- The San Diego Astronomy Association will
be holding it's Messier Marathon again this year, at our Tierra Del Sol
observing site. It will be hosted again by SDAA member Lloyd Duhon. More info
can be found on their
- Girish Vaze, Swapneel Kore and Riyaz Amin from Mumbai, India are going to
try a Messier Marathon this year on 15th and 16th March. They are currently
using a 13.1" dobs; the mirror is from Coulter Optical, the rest of the OTA
has been designed and built by themselves.
More info is available by email from
- The San Jose Astronomical Association
will be hosting their 2002 Messier Marathon (Don Machholz Messier Marathon)
on March 16th at Henry Coe State Park Morgan Hill Ca..
-- Bob Havner
- The Sangamon Astronomical Society (Springfield, IL.), has scheduled a
Messier Marathon for March 8 & 9.
-- Ray Watt
- LVAAS.ORG will be running a MM at their Pulpit
Rock observing site
-- C. Roberts
- The Oklahoma City Astronomy Club
will be hosting their 2002 Messier Marathon on Saturday night March the
16th, at their
regular observing site 'The Crop Circle', 7 miles from the town of
- Jeff Tibb
Because of clouds at marathon night, this event had to be rescheduled, and is
now to be run in the night of April 6-7, at the Crop Circle site. A secondary
date for the case of a rain-out will be April 13-14, 2002.
- Russell Pinizzotto is considering to run a second Messier Marathon in
April 2002 if anyone in far Northwest Missouri wants to join him.
- The TUVA Astronomy Club and
The Astronomy Club of Tulsa are planning to hold their 2002 Messier Marathon
on April 13-14, 2002 after their first scheduled date on March 13 was clouded
out. The site is a farm with a flat pasture for setting as many scopes as you
could imagine just about 5 miles north of Checotah, Ok. or about 45 minutes
southeast of Tulsa, OK. See their announce or
visit their website for more
- David Stine (Alias Comet- 1)
- The second Iranian Messier Marathon will be held April 11/12, 2002 in
- Babak Tafreshi (Editor at Nojum)
If you have undertaken, or participated in, a Messier Marathon, 2002 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!
2002 Messier Marathon Results
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