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NGC 55 is well placed

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 (Today)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Across much of the world NGC 55, a barred irregular galaxy in Sculptor${CLOSING_PUNCTUATION} will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -39°10', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 30°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 11° above the horizon.

At magnitude 8.0, NGC55 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 NGC55 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC55 00h14m50s -39°10' Sculptor 8.0 0'32"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 24 September 2017
Sunrise 06:58
Sunset 19:03
Twilight ends
20:32
Twilight begins
05:29

4-day old moon
Age of Moon
4 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:00 12:21 18:43
Venus 04:47 11:25 18:03
Moon 11:17 16:33 21:50
Mars 05:20 11:50 18:20
Jupiter 09:01 14:34 20:07
Saturn 13:31 18:18 23:04

Source

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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Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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