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The Webfooted Astronomer - February 2000


March: The Messier Marathon Month

MARCH is the time when you can see nearly all the Messier objects in the course of one night. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to knock off as many of the 110 objects in Charlie Messier's Catalog of deep sky wonders as you can. This year we have two Messier marathons to choose from.

SAS Messier Marathon
Randy Johnson is putting together a Messier Marathon for the Seattle Astronomical Society. The resurrected SAS Messier Marathon is planned for March 4 (note the date change from what was in the January newsletter). Two locations are being considered: the gravel pit near the Stampede Pass turn-off, and a location near Cle Elum. If you're interested in this dark sky star party, contact Randy Johnson for the final details. He can be reached at 206-772-4322 or via e-mail at

Kah-Nee-Ta Messier Marathon
The Messier Marathon at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort near Warm Springs, Oregon, is hosted by Portland's Rose City Astronomers. This year's marathon will be held March 31-April 1. The resort is 286 miles from Seattle. Just take highway 26 east from Portland. Kah-Nee-Ta is just off the highway about 50 miles south of Mt. Hood and about 70 miles north of Bend. There are plenty of signs to mark your way. The RCA usually secures a special group rate for anyone who mentions the Messier Marathon. Just call Kah-Nee-Ta at 1-800-554-4786 and tell them you're with the Messier Marathon. For more information about the resort, see For the Rose City Astronomers, see

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