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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, high in the sky. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

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.

From San Diego, it will be visible between 22:17 and 03:15. It will become accessible around 22:17, when it rises to an altitude of 21° above your south-eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 00:46, 31° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible around 03:15 when it sinks below 21° above your south-western horizon.

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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 28'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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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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