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Running Messier Marathon

By: Amir H. Abolfath

 

Region: Middle East

Site: Bahram Palace - Iran

Date: April 2008

As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day and National Geographic gripped by an astronomical spring fever, many northern hemisphere stargazers embark on a Messier Marathon. Completing the marathon requires viewing all 110 objects in 18th century French astronomer Charles Messier's catalog in one glorious dusk-to-dawn observing run. As daunting as it sounds, there are often favorable weekend dates for completing the task that fall on nearly moonless nights near the March equinox. This colorful, six hour long time exposure of a group dedicated to running Iran Messier marathon in 2008 includes celestial star trails along with terrestrial lighting trails from about 200 amateur astronomers. It was recorded from the isolated, ancient Bahram Palace in northern Iran's Kavir National Park. Amir Abolfath - Torgheh.ir/en

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