At a declination of +47°11', it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 22°S.
From Washington, it will be visible all night. It will become visible around 21:13 (MDT) as the dusk sky fades, 42° above your north-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:35, 79° above your northern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:57, 41° above your north-western horizon.
At magnitude 8.4, M51 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 M51 is as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
|The sky on 14 April 2021|
2 days old
All times shown in MDT.
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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