M81 is well placed
2017 Feb 18
Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org
Bode’s galaxy (M81, NGC 3031) in Ursa Major will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.
At a declination of +69°04', it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 0°S.
From London (click to change), it will be very well placed – it will be close enough to the north celestial pole that it will be high above the horizon all night.
At magnitude 6.9, M81 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 M81 is as follows:
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The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org