Objects in your sky: Deep Sky

by Dominic Ford

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Ashburn
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Open Clusters

Rise14:49
Set05:51

M45 (mag 1.3) is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 17:30 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 28° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 22:18, 75° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 04:35, when it sinks to 12° above your western horizon.

17 Nov 2018  –  M45 is well placed
18 Nov 2019  –  M45 is well placed
Rise19:59
Set10:25

M44 (mag 3.1) is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 21:31, when it rises 15° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 03:14, 70° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:13, 47° above your western horizon.

30 Jan 2018  –  M44 is well placed
31 Jan 2019  –  M44 is well placed
Rise18:17
Set05:58

NGC1981 (mag 4.2) is visible between 19:58 and 04:17. It will become accessible at around 19:58, when it rises 18° above your eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:09, 46° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 04:17 when it sinks to 18° above your south-western horizon.

Circumpolar

NGC869 (mag 4.3) is visible all night. It will become visible at around 17:54 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 56° above your north-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:50, 71° above your northern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 04:53, when it sinks to 18° above your north-western horizon.

Rise20:52
Set07:25

M47 (mag 4.4) is visible between 22:45 and 05:32. It will become accessible at around 22:45, when it rises 18° above your south-eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 02:10, 36° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 05:32 when it sinks to 18° above your south-western horizon.

14 Jan 2018  –  M47 is well placed
14 Jan 2019  –  M47 is well placed
Rise20:24
Set06:12

M41 (mag 4.5) is visible between 22:32 and 04:04. It will become accessible at around 22:32, when it rises 18° above your south-eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:20, 30° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 04:04 when it sinks to 18° above your south-western horizon.

01 Jan 2018  –  M41 is well placed
02 Jan 2019  –  M41 is well placed
Circumpolar

NGC884 (mag 6.1) is visible all night. It will become visible at around 17:54 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 55° above your north-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:53, 71° above your northern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 04:23, when it sinks to 22° above your north-western horizon.

Globular Clusters

Rise03:41
Set16:01

M5 (mag 5.7) is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:41 (EST) – 3 hours and 39 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 27° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:09.

17 Jul 2018  –  M55 is well placed
12 May 2019  –  M5 is well placed
Rise02:42
Set19:46

M13 (mag 5.8) is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:42 (EST) – 4 hours and 38 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 31° above the north-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:09.

02 Jun 2018  –  M13 is well placed
02 Jun 2019  –  M13 is well placed
Rise00:27
Set16:03

M3 (mag 6.3) is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:27 (EST) – 6 hours and 53 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 61° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:09.

14 Oct 2018  –  M33 is well placed
17 Apr 2019  –  M3 is well placed
Rise09:18
Set22:45

M15 (mag 6.3) will become visible at around 17:54 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 53° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 6 hours and 2 minutes after the Sun at 22:45.

14 Aug 2018  –  M15 is well placed
14 Aug 2019  –  M15 is well placed
Rise02:25
Set21:14

M92 (mag 6.5) is visible in both the dusk and dawn skies. In the evening, it will become visible at around 17:54 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 24° above your north-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 4 hours and 31 minutes after the Sun at 21:14 (EST). In the morning, it will rise at 02:25 – 4 hours and 55 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 28° above the north-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:09.

Rise10:05
Set22:05

M2 (mag 6.6) will become visible at around 17:54 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 42° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 5 hours and 22 minutes after the Sun at 22:05.

01 Jul 2018  –  M22 is well placed
01 Jul 2019  –  M22 is well placed

Galaxies

Rise10:07
Set04:25

M31 (mag 3.4) is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 17:53 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 73° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 19:14, 87° above your northern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 02:07, when it sinks to 17° above your north-western horizon.

02 Oct 2018  –  M31 is well placed
02 Oct 2019  –  M31 is well placed
Rise19:11
Set06:49

NGC2232 (mag 4.2) is visible between 20:52 and 05:08. It will become accessible at around 20:52, when it rises 17° above your eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:02, 46° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 05:08 when it sinks to 18° above your south-western horizon.

Rise18:43
Set07:25

NGC2244 (mag 4.8) is visible between 20:27 and 05:41. It will become accessible at around 20:27, when it rises 19° above your eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:06, 55° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 05:41 when it sinks to 19° above your western horizon.

Rise12:06
Set04:08

M33 (mag 5.7) is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 17:54 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 61° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:05, 81° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 01:53, when it sinks to 21° above your western horizon.

14 Oct 2018  –  M33 is well placed
15 Oct 2019  –  M33 is well placed
Circumpolar

M81 (mag 6.9) is visible all night because it is circumpolar. It will be highest in the sky at 04:29, 59° above your northern horizon. At dusk, it will become visible at around 17:54 (EST), 19° above your northern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:09, 57° above your northern horizon.

Rise14:45
Set23:52

NGC253 (mag 7.1) is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 17:54 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 22° above your southern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 19:19, 25° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 20:53, when it sinks to 21° above your south-western horizon.

Circumpolar

M101 (mag 7.9) is visible in the dawn sky, becoming accessible at around 01:25 (EST), when it rises to an altitude of 21° above your north-eastern horizon. It will then reach an altitude of 60° before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:09.

Rise01:48
Set12:38

M104 (mag 8.0) is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:48 (EST) – 5 hours and 32 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 37° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:09.

Rise10:01
Set04:26

M110 (mag 8.1) is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 17:54 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 74° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 19:11, 87° above your northern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 01:33, when it sinks to 21° above your north-western horizon.

Rise10:10
Set04:21

M32 (mag 8.1) is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 17:54 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 74° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 19:14, 88° above your northern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 01:32, when it sinks to 21° above your north-western horizon.

Rise22:14
Set16:30

M94 (mag 8.2) is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 22:14 (EST) – 9 hours and 6 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 75° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:09.

Rise21:45
Set18:17

M51 (mag 8.4) is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 21:45 (EST) – 9 hours and 35 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 67° above the north-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:09.

Circumpolar

NGC2403 (mag 8.9) is visible all night because it is circumpolar. It will be highest in the sky at 02:11, 63° above your northern horizon. At dusk, it will become visible at around 17:54 (EST), 23° above your northern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:09, 47° above your north-western horizon.

Ashburn

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