Roper Mountain Astronomers Monthly Meeting

Jonathan Ward presents "Messier Marathon" Comet hunter Charles Messier's 18th century list of deep-sky objects has long been the jumping-off point for exploration of the night sky. In the 1970s, astronomer Don Machholz discovered that it is theoretically possible to see all 110 Messier objects in one night, during the last two weeks of March every year. Running a successful “Messier marathon” is now considered a badge of honor for amateur astronomers. Jonathan Ward wondered if it was possible to take decent images of all 110 objects in one night, and not knowing any better, he decided to attempt the challenge in March 2019. He’ll share with us his overall strategy and how he developed his detailed plan. We’ll also hear what he went through in the field the night he put the plan into action, and we’ll see the images that he took during the attempt. We hope that you will leave the presentation inspired to try at least a mini-marathon of your own! We hold our RMA Club Meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm, except December and August. We meet at the Roper Mountain Science Center, 402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville SC, on the top floor of the Wilkins Conference Center next to the Charles E. Daniel Observatory. Our meetings are free of charge, open to visitors, and all levels of interest are welcome. An astronomy related topic is presented at every meeting either by a member or guest speaker. Questions and discussion are a part of our meetings.   Our meetings are free of charge, open to visitors, and all levels of interest are welcome. An astronomy related topic is presented at every meeting either by a member or guest speaker. Questions and discussion are a part of our meetings. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/ropermountainastronomers/ Refreshments are served.

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