Meeting Place: Visitor Center
Charles Messier (Mezz-e-a) was an 18th – century French astronomer whose main interest was in discovering comets. He often saw objects that at first to him looked like comets, but were in fact other occupants of the sky. He made a list of the 110 unfamiliar objects he found. A Messier marathon is an attempt to find as many of the Messier objects as possible during one night. Join the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society as they lead the all-night marathon at Hobbs State Park beginning just before sunset on March 29th and ending at sun up on March 30th. The classroom explanation of the Messier Objects starts at 6:30 p.m. with night viewing beginning at 7:30 p.m. Please bring a flashlight covered with a red cloth or red balloon, appropriate clothing for the evening and blankets, folding chairs, folding chaise lounge (for a quick nap for adults or night’s sleep for the smaller ones), snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.