M32 is well placed

2015 Oct 1

Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org

M32, the second brightest satellite galaxy of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) after M110, will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of +40°52', it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 29°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, 38° above your eastern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:45, 42° above your western horizon.

At magnitude 9.0, M32 is quite faint, and certainly not visible to the naked eye, but can be viewed through a pair of binoculars or small telescope.

The precise position of M32 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M32 00h42m40s +40°52' Andromeda 9.0 9'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org