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M81 is well placed

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 (215 days ago)

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Bode's galaxy (M81, NGC 3031) in Ursa Major will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of +69°04', it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 0°S.

From Newark (click to change), it will be visible all night because it is circumpolar. It will be highest in the sky at 23:56, 61° above your northern horizon. At dusk, it will become visible at around 18:45 (EDT), 41° above your north-eastern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:44, 38° above your north-western horizon.

At magnitude 7.9, M81 is quite faint, and certainly not visible to the naked eye, but can be viewed through a pair of binoculars or small telescope.

The precise position of M81 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M81 09h55m30s +69°04' Ursa Major 7.9 27'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 18 February 2014
Sunrise: 06:45
Sunset: 17:33
Twilight from 05:14
until 19:05
All times shown in EST.

19-day old moon
Age of Moon:
19 days

RiseCulm.Set
Mercury06:1311:4117:09
Venus04:1709:2114:25
Moon21:3502:2408:13
Mars22:0603:4609:22
Jupiter13:1620:4704:21
Saturn00:2305:2810:33

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed from the DE405 ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

The position of M81 was taken from the NGC2000.0 catalogue.

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