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M81 is well placed

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 (1189 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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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 but 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 6.9, 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 position of M81 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M81 09h55m30s +69°04' Ursa Major 6.9 0'25"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 18 February 2014
Sunrise 06:45
Sunset 17:33
Twilight ends
19:05
Twilight begins
05:14

19-day old moon
Age of Moon
19 days

All times shown in EST.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:13 11:41 17:09
Venus 04:17 09:21 14:25
Moon 21:35 02:24 08:13
Mars 22:06 03:46 09:22
Jupiter 13:16 20:47 04:21
Saturn 00:23 05:28 10:33

Source

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

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

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© Digitised Sky Survey (DSS); Second Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS-II)

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40.74°N
74.17°W
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