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M51 is well placed

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 (310 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The whirlpool galaxy (M51, NGC 5194) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of +47°12', it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 22°S.

From Ashburn (click to change), it will be visible all night. It will become visible at around 20:52 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 43° above your north-eastern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:27, 43° above your north-western horizon.

At magnitude 8.4, M51 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 M51 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M51 13h29m50s +47°12' Canes Venatici 8.4 11'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 14 April 2017
Sunrise 06:33
Sunset 19:44
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

17-day old moon
Age of Moon
17 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:44 13:38 20:33
Venus 05:06 11:18 17:30
Moon 23:07 03:27 08:41
Mars 07:57 15:08 22:18
Jupiter 18:55 00:45 06:31
Saturn 00:41 05:28 10:14


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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