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Messier Marathon: Sequence of Viewing

If you are participating in a Messier Marathon for your astronomy club or class, the following list shows the recommended sequence for viewing the Messier objects. This sequence is accurate for mid-Northern latitudes in the US.


Seq  M#  Type  Constellation  Mag  RA  Dec 
1 M77 Cetus 9.6 2h 42.7m -9 2
2 M74 Pisces 10 1h 36.6m 15 48
3 M33 Triangulum 5.7 1h 33.9m 30 40
4 M31 Andromeda 3.4 0h 42.8m 41 16
5 M32 Andromeda 8.1 0h 42.8m 40 52
6 M110 Andromeda 8.9 0h 40.4m 41 41
7 M52 Cassiopeia 6.9 23h 24.2m 61 35
8 M103 Cassiopeia 7.4 1h 33.2m 60 42
9 M76 Perseus 10.1 1h 42.4m 51 34
10 M34 Perseus 5.5 2h 42.0m 42 47
11 M45 Taurus 1.6 3h 47.0m 24 07
12 M79 Lepus 8.7 5h 24.5m -24 33
13 M42 Orion 4 5h 35.3m -5 23
14 M43 Orion 9 5h 35.5m -5 16
15 M78 Orion 8.3 5h 46.8m 0 4
16 M1 Taurus 8.4 5h 34.5m 22 01
17 M35 Gemini 5.1 6h 8.9m 24 20
18 M37 Auriga 6.2 5h 52.4m 32 33
19 M36 Auriga 6.3 5h 36.1 34 08
20 M38 Auriga 7.4 5h 28.7m 35 50
21 M41 Canis Major 4.5 6h 47.0m -20 44
22 M93 Puppis 6.2 7h 44.6m -23 52
23 M47 Puppis 4.2 7h 36.6m -14 30
24 M46 Puppis 5.9 7h 41.8m -14 49
25 M50 Monocerus 5.9 7h 3.2m -8 20
26 M48 Hydra 5.8 8h 13.8m -5 48
27 M44 Cancer 3.7 8h 40.1m 19 59
28 M67 Cancer 6.1 8h 50.4m 11 49
28 M95 Leo 11.4 10h 43.9m 11 42
29 M96 Leo 10 10h 46.7m 11 49
31 M105 Leo 10.2 10h 47.8m 12 35
32 M65 Leo 10.3 11h 18.9m 13 6
33 M66 Leo 8.9 11h 20.2m 13 0
34 M81 Ursa Major 6.9 9h 55.6m 69 4
35 M82 Ursa Major 8.4 9h 55.9m 69 41
36 M97 Ursa Major 10 11h 14.8m 55 1
37 M108 Ursa Major 10.7 11h 11.6m 55 41
38 M109 Ursa Major 10.6 11h 57.6m 53 23
39 M40 Ursa Major 9.6 | 10.1 12h 20.0m 58 22
40 M106 Canes Venatici 8.4 12h 18.9m 47 19
41 M94 Canes Venatici 9 12h 50.9m 41 8
42 M63 Canes Venatici 9.3 13h 15.8m 42 2
43 M51 Canes Venatici 8.4 13h 30.0m 47 11
44 M101 Ursa Major 7.9 14h 3.3m 54 22
45 M102 Draco 10.7 15h 6.5m 55 45
46 M53 Coma Berenices 8.3 13h 12.9m 18 10
47 M64 Coma Berenices 8.5 12h 56.7m 21 41
48 M3 Canes Venatici 6.2 13h 42.2m 28 23
49 M98 Coma Berenices 11 12h 13.9m 14 55
50 M99 Coma Berenices 10.5 12h 18.9m 14 26
51 M100 Coma Berenices 9.5 12h 23.0m 15 50
52 M85 Coma Berenices 10 12h 25.5m 18 12
53 M84 Virgo 10.1 12h 25.1m 12 54
54 M86 Virgo 9.8 12h 26.3m 12 57
55 M87 Virgo 8.8 12h 30.9m 12 24
56 M89 Virgo 9.8 12h 35.7m 12 34
57 M90 Virgo 10.3 12h 36.9m 13 10
58 M88 Coma Berenices 10.4 12h 32.1m 14 26
59 M91 Coma Berenices 11 12h 35.5m 14 30
60 M58 Virgo 10.5 12h 37.8m 11 50
61 M59 Virgo 10.6 12h 42.1m 11 39
62 M60 Virgo 9.8 12h 43.7m 11 34
63 M49 Virgo 9.4 12h 29.8m 8 1
64 M61 Virgo 10.2 12h 22.0m 4 29
65 M104 Virgo 8.9 12h 39.9m -11 37
66 M68 Hydra 9.7 12h 39.5m -26 45
67 M83 Hydra 7.5 13h 37.1m -29 52
68 M5 Serpens Caput 6.5 15h 18.6m 2 5
69 M13 Hercules 5.8 16h 41.7m 36 28
70 M92 Hercules 6.3 17h 17.1m 43 8
71 M57 Lyra 8.8 18h 53.6m 33 2
72 M56 Lyra 8.3 19h 16.6m 30 11
73 M29 Cygnus 6.6 20h 23.9m 38 32
74 M39 Cygnus 5.5 21h 32.2m 48 26
75 M27 Vulpecula 7.5 19h 59.6m 22 43
76 M71 Sagitta 6.1 19h 53.8m 18 47
77 M107 Ophiucus 8.9 16h 32.5m -13 3
78 M12 Ophiucus 7.7 16h 47.2m -1 57
79 M10 Ophiucus 6.4 16h 57.1m -4 6
80 M14 Ophiucus 8.3 17h 37.6m -3 15
81 M9 Ophiucus 8 17h 19.2m -18 31
82 M4 Scorpius 5.9 16h 23.6m -26 32
83 M80 Scorpius 7.9 16h 17.0m -22 59
84 M19 Ophiucus 7.5 17h 2.6m -26 16
85 M62 Ophiucus 6.5 17h 1.2m -30 7
86 M6 Scorpius 4.2 17h 40.1m -32 13
87 M7 Scorpius 3.3 17h 53.9m -34 49
88 M11 Scutum 5.8 18h 51.1m -6 16
89 M26 Scutum 8 18h 45.2m -9 24
90 M16 Serpens Claudia 6 18h 18.8m -13 47
91 M17 Sagittarius 6 18h 20.8m -16 11
92 M18 Sagittarius 7.5 18h 19.9m -17 8
93 M24 Sagittarius 2.5 18h 17m -18 29
94 M25 Sagittarius 4.9 18h 28.8m -19 17
95 M23 Sagittarius 5.5 17h 56.8m -19 1
96 M21 Sagittarius 6.5 18h 4.6m -22 30
97 M20 Sagittarius 6.3 18h 2.3m -23 2
98 M8 Sagittarius 6 18h 3.1m -24 23
99 M28 Sagittarius 7.7 18h 24.5m -24 52
100 M22 Sagittarius 5.1 18h 36.4m -29 54
101 M69 Sagittarius 8.3 18h 34.4m -32 21
102 M70 Sagittarius 9 18h 43.2m -32 18
103 M54 Sagittarius 8.4 18h 55.1m -30 29
104 M55 Sagittarius 7.4 19h 40.0m -30 58
105 M75 Sagittarius 9.2 20h 6.1m -21 55
106 M15 Pegasus 6.4 21h 30m 12 10
107 M2 Aquarius 6.3 21h 33.5m -0 49
108 M72 Aquarius 9.4 20h 53.5m -12 32
109 M73 Aquarius 9 20h 59.0m -12 3
110 M30 Capricornus 7.7 21h 40.4m -23 11





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