Sat, 01 Apr 2017 (295 days ago)
Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Deep Sky feed
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 8.3, 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|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
|The sky on 01 April 2017|
All times shown in EDT.
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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