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Saturday March 21, Annual Messier Marathon

The Antelope Valley Astronomy Club’s annual Messier Marathon is being held this Saturday, March 21, at the group campsite at Saddleback Butte State Park.   We have the group site reserved from 2:00pm on Saturday March 21 till 8:00am on Sunday March 22.


We are not holding a big potluck barbeque prior to the event though we will provide briquettes, light off the barbeques, and there will also be a gas grille available for those who want to bring their own burgers,   dogs, steaks, or whatever to grill.   In other words, bring your own picnic supplies and more if you want to share. It’s up to you.   We will have a few Starbucks Coffee Travelers and a supply of water.

For members who may be unaware,   a Messier Marathon is an event wherein astronomers attempt to view as many of the 110 Messier objects as possible in a single night. These include galaxies, nebulae, globular clusters, and open clusters. There are only a few nights in any given year where this is possible. Those without telescopes, or who simply don’t want to bring one, are still more than welcome to come and view the objects through the telescopes of other members.

Saddleback Butte State Park is 17 miles east of Lancaster on 170th Street East, between East Avenue J and East Avenue K (note, Ave K does not go all the way through to the park).

Directions from Lancaster: Take Ave J east to 170th St. East. Turn Right (South) toward Ave K and follow the signs to the campground entrance.  

Though it will be warm in the daylight hours, the desert quickly cools off after dark so bring appropriate clothing.   The current weather forecast calls for clear skies and minimal wind.

We hope to see you there.

Contact Frank at (661) 972-4775 or Rose at (661) 972-1953 for info.


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