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2019 KAS Messier Marathon
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Planning is underway for the 2019 KAS Messier Marathon. This is a great opportunity to view all the objects catalogued by Charles Messier that took him 24 years to observe. Messier catalogued objects that he originally thought were comets, but could not confirm them as such. Basically these objects appeared to him as “faint fuzzies” but unlike comets, they never moved. His list of 110 objects were almost considered a hinderance by him.
Today, this list of objects are the most accessible and easiest to view objects in and around our galaxy. About 10 of them can be spotted with the naked eye, and the rest are all findable with even a fairly modest telescope. Every year during the new moon dark window in March, all but a few of these great objects are observable in just one night. This year, 2019 there will be two windows to attempt “mostly” Messier marathons. In March the best chance will be the period surrounding March 9/10, and A second window will be March 30/31, 2019. Despite the likelihood on an incomplete Marathon, seeing so many Messiers in one night would be a lofty accomplishment!
There are objects that will be impossible to see or extremely hard (usually 3-4 of them – see the SEDS article below). There are also darkish windows around those two dates where partial marathons will also be possible.
The objective here would be that the KAS gather on the first clear night during that window at Kopernik Observatory & Science Center. So far there is interest with a a few KAS members. This will be a Kopernik Astronomical Society ONLY event.
Here is a list of references for preparing, planning and executing a Messier Marathon: