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Fornax is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Across much of the world the Fornax dwarf spheroidal galaxy will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -34°27', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 35°N.

From Ashburn, it will not be readily observable since it will lie so far south that it will never rise more than 16° above the horizon.

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At magnitude 9.0, Fornax 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 Fornax is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
Fornax 02h40m00s -34°27' Fornax 9.0 17'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 01 November 2018
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Saturn 12:02 16:46 21:29
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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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