Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Deep Sky feed
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°51', 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 7.5, 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|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
|The sky on 15 April 2017|
18 days old
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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