NGC 253 is well placed

2017 Oct 2

Dominic Ford – originally published on

Across much of the world the Sculptor galaxy (NGC 253) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -25°16', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 44°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 13° above the horizon.

At magnitude 7.1, NGC253 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 NGC253 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC253 00h47m30s -25°16' Sculptor 7.1 0'25"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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