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M32 is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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M32 (mag 9.0), the second brightest satellite galaxy of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) after M110 will be well placed, high in the sky. 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 Ashburn, it will be visible all night. It will become visible around 19:56 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 32° above your north-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:12, 88° above your northern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:05, 35° 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 01 October 2020
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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 09:21 14:32 19:42
Venus 03:45 10:30 17:14
Moon 19:16 00:39 06:27
Mars 19:38 02:06 08:29
Jupiter 14:59 19:43 00:31
Saturn 15:25 20:14 01:07
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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