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NGC 253 is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Sculptor galaxy (NGC 253) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -25°17', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 44°N.

From Ashburn, it will be visible between 23:30 and 02:43. It will become accessible at around 23:30, when it rises 21° above your south-eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:09, 25° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 02:43 when it sinks to 21° above your south-western horizon.

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At magnitude 14.0, NGC253 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 NGC253 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC253 00h47m30s -25°17' Sculptor 14.0 28'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 03 October 2017
Sunrise
07:06
Sunset
18:48
Twilight ends
20:17
Twilight begins
05:38

13-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

96%

13 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:46 12:45 18:45
Venus 05:07 11:31 17:56
Moon 18:02 23:45 04:24
Mars 05:13 11:36 17:58
Jupiter 08:35 14:06 19:36
Saturn 12:58 17:44 22:31
All times shown in EDT.

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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© Digitised Sky Survey (DSS); Second Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS-II)

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
EDT

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