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The Sombrero Galaxy is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Objects: M104
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The Sombrero Galaxy M104 (NGC 4594; mag 8.6) in Virgo will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 1 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 Seattle , it is visible between 22:40 and 03:40. It will become accessible at around 22:40, when it rises to an altitude of 21° above your south-eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 01:10, 30° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 03:40 when it sinks below 21° above your south-western horizon.

At a declination of 11°37'S, it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere; it can be seen at latitudes between 58°N and 81°S.

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At magnitude 8.6, M104 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 M104 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M104 12h39m50s 11°37'S Virgo 8.6 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 1 Apr 2022

The sky on 1 April 2022
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

30-day old moon
Waxing Crescent


30 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:52 13:09 19:25
Venus 05:10 10:19 15:28
Moon 07:16 13:42 20:22
Mars 05:08 09:58 14:48
Jupiter 06:14 11:58 17:41
Saturn 05:12 10:07 15:01
All times shown in PDT.


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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