Please submit any scheduled Messier Marathon 2006 Events!
Messier Marathoners: Send me your results! (2006 or earlier)
  • 2006 Messier Marathon Results

    Messier Marathon 2006

    The year 2006 will offer an opportunity for the Messier Marathon on the weekend of March 25/26, and a second chance on April 01/02. This time, there is again a good chance to hunt down all 110 objects.

    The 2006 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 14.0 may be visible; we 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 26, 2006      
    C/2005 E2 (McNaught) 01:43.96 +21:18.3 9.4 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 02:24.21 +23:02.5 15.7 has outbursts! (c. 13m) C/2003 WT42 (LINEAR) 09:39.21 +51:48.9 9.9 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 14:31.26 +17:54.3 12.4 71P/Clark 17:19.22 -19:47.1 13.6 C/2004 B1 (LINEAR) 20:27.17 -20:41.2 14.5 C/2006 A1 (Pojmanski) 22:02.38 +43:13.6 8.7
    For the record: Southerners with large instruments may still try to spot now-faint (mag 18.5) old friend C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp at RA 02:54.53, Dec -81:59.3!

    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.

    This year 2006, supernova 2006X in M100 flashed up just in time (on February 7, 2006) to provide hopes for an enrichment of the Messier Marathon.

    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 2006

    Again, we plan to announce all scheduled 2006 Messier Marathon Events here. Please submit any scheduled events for announce here.

    If you have undertaken, or participated in, a Messier Marathon, 2006 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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    Hartmut Frommert
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