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Messier 83 is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Across much of the world, the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy M83 (NGC 5236; mag 7.2), a face-on spiral galaxy in Hydra will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 15 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 Ashburn , however, it is not readily observable since it lies so far south that it will never rise more than 21° above the horizon.

At a declination of 29°51'S, it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 40°N.

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At magnitude 7.2, M83 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 M83 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M83 13h37m00s 29°51'S Hydra 7.2 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 16 Apr 2024

The sky on 16 April 2024
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Mercury 06:06 12:36 19:06
Venus 06:05 12:22 18:38
Moon 12:49 20:26 03:52
Mars 05:05 10:49 16:34
Jupiter 07:40 14:41 21:42
Saturn 04:57 10:36 16:14
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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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