M83 is well placed

Tuesday 16th Apr 2019

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°51', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 40°N.

From London, 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 7.5, 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 position of M83 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M83 13h37m00s -29°51' Hydra 7.5 13'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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