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M104 is well placed

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 (383 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The sombrero galaxy (M104, NGC 4594) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -11°37', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere; it can be seen at latitudes between 58°N and 81°S.

From Ashburn (click to change), it will be visible between 22:11 and 04:05. It will become accessible at around 22:11, when it rises 24° above your south-eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:10, 39° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 04:05 when it sinks to 25° above your south-western horizon.

At magnitude 8.0, M104 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 M104 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M104 12h39m50s -11°37' Virgo 8.0 9'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 01 April 2017
Sunrise
06:53
Sunset
19:32
Twilight ends
21:03
Twilight begins
05:21

4-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

21%

4 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:29 14:19 21:10
Venus 05:53 12:18 18:44
Moon 10:31 17:34 00:38
Mars 08:21 15:22 22:23
Jupiter 19:54 01:42 07:26
Saturn 01:32 06:19 11:05
All times shown in EDT.

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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Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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