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NGC 253 is well placed

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 (474 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Sculptor galaxy (NGC 253) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -25°16', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 44°N.

From Ashburn (click to change), it will be visible between 00:12 and 02:11. It will become accessible at around 00:12, when it rises 24° above your southern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:12, 25° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 02:11 when it sinks to 24° above your southern horizon.

At magnitude 7.1, NGC253 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 NGC253 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC253 00h47m30s -25°16' Sculptor 7.1 28'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 02 October 2016
Sunrise 07:06
Sunset 18:50
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Twilight begins

1-day old moon
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All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:40 11:58 18:15
Venus 09:44 14:55 20:07
Moon 08:37 14:15 19:53
Mars 14:05 18:37 23:08
Jupiter 06:41 12:41 18:41
Saturn 12:10 17:02 21:54


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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