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NGC 253 is well placed

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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°17', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 44°N.

From Ashburn, it will be visible between 23:27 and 02:39. It will become accessible around 23:27, when it rises to an altitude of 22° above your south-eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 01:05, 25° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible around 02:39 when it sinks below 21° above your south-western horizon.

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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°17' Sculptor 7.1 28'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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