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NGC 253 is well placed

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The Sculptor Galaxy NGC 253 (mag 8.0) will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 3 October 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 Ashburn , it is visible between 23:35 and 02:44. It will become accessible around 23:35, when it rises to an altitude of 21° above your south-eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 01:09, 25° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible around 02:44 when it sinks below 21° above your south-western horizon.

At a declination of 25°17'S, it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 44°N.

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At magnitude 7.1, NGC253 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 NGC253 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC253 00h47m30s 25°17'S Sculptor 7.1 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 03 Oct 2022

The sky on 03 October 2022
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

8-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


8 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:47 11:59 18:11
Venus 06:40 12:41 18:41
Moon 15:28 20:04 00:43
Mars 22:19 05:41 13:03
Jupiter 18:32 00:34 06:35
Saturn 16:37 21:44 02:52
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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