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Mar 10

Messier Marathon

If you are looking for something interesting today this coming weekend why not try a Messier Marathon. A Messier marathon is an attempt, usually organized by amateur astronomers, to find as many Messier objects as possible during one night. The Messier catalogue was compiled by French astronomer Charles Messier during the late 18th century and consists of 110 relatively bright deep sky objects (galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters). For more information take a look here www.richardbell.net/marathon.html or here http://deepskymap.org/ or even here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_marathon.

Happy hunting!

Image credit: SEDS, the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space,

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