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NGC 300 is well placed

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 (109 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Across much of the world NGC 300, a spiral galaxy in Sculptor will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -37°40', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 32°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 13° above the horizon.

At magnitude 9.0, NGC300 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 NGC300 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC300 00h54m50s -37°40' Sculptor 9.0 22'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 04 October 2017
Sunrise 07:07
Sunset 18:47
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

14-day old moon
Age of Moon
14 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:51 12:48 18:45
Venus 05:09 11:32 17:55
Moon 18:37 00:34 05:27
Mars 05:13 11:34 17:56
Jupiter 08:32 14:02 19:33
Saturn 12:55 17:41 22:27


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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