Thanks to eighteenth-century astronomer Charles Messier, amateur stargazing can be a marathon experience. Over the course of his life, Messier catalogued 110 deep-sky objects such as nebulae, galaxies and star clusters. An amateur astronomer would really have to stay up from dusk till dawn to pull off the Messier Marathon, says Steve Hartung, president of the Boulder Astronomy and Science Society.
But tonight at Fiske Planetarium, amateurs can catch the Messier Marathon: 110 Deep Sky Objects in One Night, a virtual tour of Messiers catalogue, including the Andromeda Galaxy, the Orion Nebula and the Sombrero Galaxy. In many cases, well show the bright, hi-res Hubble images that go along with them, says Hartung.