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, it will be visible between 21:51 and 04:25. It will become accessible at around 21:51, when it rises 21° 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 04:25 when it sinks to 22° 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|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
|The sky on 01 April 2017|
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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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