Please email me any scheduled Messier Marathon 2003 Events!
Messier Marathoners: Email me your results! (2003 or earlier)
  • 2003 Messier Marathon Results

    Messier Marathon 2003

    The year 2003 will offer two opportunities to run a Messier Marathon, around the New Moons of March 3 and April 1, the second being the better chance, but still difficult, to observe all 110 Messier objects (weekend March 29).

    On the occasion of the second, later date, it will be possible to combine an all-planet marathon with the Messier event, although Mercury and Neptune will be difficult; on the earlier date, Neptune will be impossible. Some comets brighter than about mag 14.0 will be visible; we will list them below, based on the JPL List of Currently Visible Comets (also note IAU's Observable Comets page, Gary Kronk's list of current comets and the Fachgruppe Kometen list):

    Comet		   	      RA  (2000.0)  Dec  mag    RA  (2000.0)  Dec  mag
    			  	  March 27, 2003            April 1, 2003
    C/2002 V1 (NEAT) 02:10.00 -23:44.8 13.2 02:26.74 -22:30.9 13.8 C/2002 X5 (Kudo-Fujikawa) 05:05.03 -11:25.2 9.0 05:19.30 -08:38.8 9.4 C/2001 HT50 (LINEAR-NEAT) 05:50.4 +08:01 11.8 05:46.2 +08:42 11.9 C/2001 RX14 (LINEAR) 11:10.42 +30:58.3 10.6 11:06.56 +29:01.9 10.7 116P/Wild 15:42.8 -21:18 12.0 15:43.5 -21:33 11.9 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 22:14.8 -08:40 15.7 22:18.09 -08:18.3 15.7 Outbursts! C/2002 Y1 (Juels-Holvorcem) 23:49.2 +37:37 6.6 00:02.0 +33:56 6.5
    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, 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 2003

    Again, we plan to announce all scheduled 2003 Messier Marathon Events here. Please email me any scheduled events for announce here.

    If you have undertaken, or participated in, a Messier Marathon, 2003 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!

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    Hartmut Frommert
    Christine Kronberg

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