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M83 is well placed

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 (277 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Across much of the world the southern pinwheel galaxy (M83, NGC 5236), a face-on spiral galaxy in Hydra will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -29°52', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 40°N.

From Ashburn (click to change), it will not be readily observable since it will lie so far south that it will never rise more than 21° above the horizon.

At magnitude 7.6, M83 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 M83 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M83 13h37m00s -29°52' Hydra 7.6 13'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 15 April 2017
Sunrise 06:32
Sunset 19:45
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

18-day old moon
Age of Moon
18 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:39 13:33 20:26
Venus 05:03 11:14 17:26
Moon 23:07 04:13 09:19
Mars 07:56 15:06 22:17
Jupiter 18:50 00:41 06:27
Saturn 00:37 05:24 10:10


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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