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M32 is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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M32, the second brightest satellite galaxy of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) after M110 will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of +40°51', it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 29°S.

From Fairfield, it will be visible all night. It will become visible around 19:38 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 33° above your north-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:53, 89° above your eastern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:46, 36° above your north-western horizon.

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At magnitude 8.1, M32 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 M32 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M32 00h42m40s +40°51' Andromeda 8.1 9'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 02 October 2019
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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:34 13:54 19:13
Venus 07:56 13:32 19:07
Moon 11:22 16:20 21:19
Mars 05:57 12:05 18:13
Jupiter 12:38 17:16 21:54
Saturn 14:29 19:07 23:45
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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