M83 is well placed

2015 Apr 15

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

Across much of the world the southern pinwheel galaxy (M83, NGC 5236), a face-on spiral galaxy in Hydra, will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -29°52', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 40°N.

From London (click to change), it will not be readily observable since it will lie so far south that it will never rise more than 8° above the horizon.

At magnitude 8.2, M83 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 M83 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M83 13h37m00s -29°52' Hydra 8.2 13'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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