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M104 is well placed

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The sombrero galaxy (M104, NGC 4594; mag 9.0) will be well placed, high in the sky. 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 Cambridge, it will be visible between 21:42 and 03:47. It will become accessible around 21:42, when it rises to an altitude of 22° above your south-eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 00:46, 36° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible around 03:47 when it sinks below 22° above your south-western horizon.

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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
06:26
Sunset
19:10
Twilight ends
20:46
Twilight begins
04:49

4-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

31%

4 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:58 13:55 20:51
Venus 05:26 11:54 18:23
Moon 09:57 17:09 00:20
Mars 07:49 14:58 22:06
Jupiter 19:32 01:18 06:59
Saturn 01:18 05:55 10:31
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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Cambridge

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42.38°N
71.11°W
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