NGC 300 is well placed

2015 Oct 4

Dominic Ford – originally published on

Across much of the world NGC 300, a spiral galaxy in Sculptor, will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -37°40', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 32°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 0° above the horizon.

At magnitude 8.7, NGC300 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 NGC300 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC300 00h54m50s -37°40' Sculptor 8.7 22'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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