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NGC 5128 is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Across much of the world Centaurus A (NGC 5128) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -43°01', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 26°N.

From Ashburn, it will not be readily observable since it will lie so far south that it will never rise more than 7° above the horizon.

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At magnitude 7.0, NGC5128 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 NGC5128 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC5128 13h25m20s -43°01' Centaurus 7.0 26'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 12 April 2017
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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:53 13:49 20:45
Venus 05:12 11:26 17:40
Moon 21:18 01:58 07:35
Mars 08:01 15:10 22:19
Jupiter 19:04 00:54 06:39
Saturn 00:49 05:36 10:22
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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