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Messier Marathon 2001

The year 2001 (the first year of the new millennium) will offer a good opportunity for hunting down all 110 Messier objects, as New Moon occurs on March 25 (weekend March 24-25, 2001).

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. 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 (note: 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 is here because of a recent outburst):

Comet		   	      RA  (2000.0)  Dec  mag
			  	  March 27, 2001

24P/Schaumasse 04:00.83 +24:41.5 11.4 C/2000 W1 (Utsunomiya-Jones) 12:27.22 -05:38.8 13.3 C/1999 T2 (LINEAR) 16:10.92 +32:32.5 13.3 C/1999 T1 (McNaught-Hartley) 18:31.21 +58:41.0 9.1 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 19:11.32 -28:01.0 15.7 (Outburst ~11m)
The list is RA ordered and thus in the sequence the comets might be observed from evening through midnight to morning.

Also, meteors from various showers may occur, and depending on your location, you may be able to observe the International Space Station, ISS. While most probably it will have been gone at preferred Marathon time - Russia intends to sink it just timely to steel it away from our observation on March 23-25, those with opportunity might try an early Messier Marathon, to include such an observation - Mir will probably stay to March 23. Consult the Mir visibility website for info if it is visible from your site.

Messier Marathon Events 2001

At this time, the following Messier Marathon 2001 Events have been announced: Please email me any scheduled Messier Marathon 2001 events for announce here.

If you have undertaken, or participated in, a Messier Marathon, 2001 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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