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Messier 94 is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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M94 (mag 9.0), a spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 4 April it will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time, and on subsequent evenings it will culminate four minutes earlier each day.

From Fairfield , it is visible all night. It will become visible around 20:28 (EDT), 42° above your north-eastern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:52, 89° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:21, 40° above your north-western horizon.

At a declination of 41°07'N, it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 28°S.

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At magnitude 8.2, M94 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 M94 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M94 12h50m50s 41°07'N Canes Venatici 8.2 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 04 Apr 2020

The sky on 04 April 2020
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

11-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


11 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:44 11:26 17:07
Venus 08:13 15:48 23:24
Moon 15:08 22:22 05:26
Mars 03:35 08:22 13:09
Jupiter 03:02 07:45 12:29
Saturn 03:22 08:11 13:00
All times shown in EDT.


The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 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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