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M51 is well placed

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The whirlpool galaxy (M51, NGC 5194; mag 9.0) 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 +47°11', it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 22°S.

From Fairfield, it will be visible all night. It will become visible around 20:41 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 45° above your north-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:55, 83° above your northern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:07, 45° above your north-western horizon.

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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
M51 13h29m50s +47°11' Canes Venatici 8.4 11'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 14 April 2023
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Mercury 06:50 14:02 21:13
Venus 08:00 15:29 22:58
Moon 03:39 08:15 12:51
Mars 10:27 18:07 01:48
Jupiter 06:17 12:47 19:17
Saturn 04:26 09:48 15:11
All times shown in EDT.


The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 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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