For all club members interested in participating in a Messier Marathon, CAS has made arrangements to conduct a Messier Marathon at the University of Virginia’s Fan Mountain Observatory on the night of Saturday, March 29 on into the morning of March 30, 2014. The New Moon will be on March 30 so will be the best night of 2014 to hunt down all 110 Messier Objects in one evening! Details coming soon.
Looking for tips on how to complete a Messier Marathon in one evening? Check out this Messier Marathon Tips page on the SEDS Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) website.
The University of Virginia’s Astronomy Department will be hosting its Spring Open House at Fan Mountain Observatory on Friday, April 25 from dusk (about 8 pm) until about 11:30 pm. All club members are invited to bring their telescopes, binoculars and any astronomical knowledge to share with the public. Public attendees need to request free tickets by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the University of Virginia Astronomy Department. Tickets typically run out about a month before the event so public attendees need to get their request in early.