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NGC 2403 is well placed

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NGC 2403 (mag 8.9), a spiral galaxy in Camelopardalis will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 15 January 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 all night because it is circumpolar. It will be highest in the sky at 00:09, 63° above your northern horizon. At dusk, it will become visible at around 18:18 (EDT), 36° above your north-eastern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:17, 34° above your north-western horizon.

At a declination of 65°36'N, it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 4°S.

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At magnitude 8.9, NGC2403 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 NGC2403 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC2403 07h36m50s 65°36'N Camelopardalis 8.9 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 15 Jan 2023

The sky on 15 January 2023
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

23-day old moon
Waning Crescent


23 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:11 11:06 16:01
Venus 08:40 13:43 18:46
Moon 00:39 06:21 11:53
Mars 13:21 20:51 04:21
Jupiter 10:39 16:42 22:45
Saturn 09:02 14:15 19:29
All times shown in EST.


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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