M33 is well placed

2015 Oct 14

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

The Triangulum galaxy (M33) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of +30°40', it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 39°S.

From London (click to change), it will be visible all night. It will become visible at around 19:27 (GMT) as the dusk sky fades, 27° above your eastern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:07, 31° above your western horizon.

At magnitude 6.3, M33 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 M33 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M33 01h33m40s +30°40' Triangulum 6.3 71'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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