M104 is well placed

Monday 1st Apr 2019

The sombrero galaxy (M104, NGC 4594) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -11°37', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere; it can be seen at latitudes between 58°N and 81°S.

From London, it will be visible between 23:03 and 03:00. It will become accessible at around 23:03, when it rises 21° above your south-eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:04, 26° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 03:00 when it sinks to 22° above your south-western horizon.

At magnitude 8.0, M104 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 M104 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M104 12h39m50s -11°37' Virgo 8.0 9'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

This entry in the observing calendar was provided by In-The-Sky.org