M94 is well placed

2017 Apr 3

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

M94, a spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici, will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of +41°07', it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 28°S.

From London (click to change), it will be visible all night. It will become visible at around 21:03 (BST) as the dusk sky fades, 49° above your eastern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:05, 47° above your western horizon.

At magnitude 8.2, M94 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 M94 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M94 12h50m50s +41°07' Canes Venatici 8.2 0'11"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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