All Arizona Messier Marathon
March 17, 2007 @ 12:00 am EDT
The 2007 All Arizona Messier Marathon will occur at the site south of Arizona City. It will be on Saturday, March 17, 2007. Open to all, it is truly becoming an international event. Messier Marathon is a term describing the attempt to find as many Messier objects as possible in one night. Depending on the location of the observer, and season, there is a different number of them visible, as they are not evenly distributed in the celestial sphere.
A marathon held this time during the month of March promises the prospect of observing all 110 objects in
one night. So, now, if you have been waiting for a night such as this; now is your chance.
This is our yearly exercise in speed observing! Maybe finding all of the Messier objects in one night is a little crazy, but it is also a lot of fun. A great exercise for old and new observers. This allows you to practice skills such as learning the sky, recognizing magnitudes, starhopping and using your equipment.