M31 is well placed
2016 Sep 30
Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org
The Andromeda galaxy (M31) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.
At a declination of +41°16', it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 28°S.
From London (click to change), it will be visible all night. It will become visible at around 19:56 (GMT) as the dusk sky fades, 39° above your eastern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:45, 42° above your western horizon.
At magnitude 3.5, M31 is tricky to make out with the naked eye except from a dark site, but is visible through a pair of binoculars or small telescope.
The precise position of M31 is as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org