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M104 is well placed

Sunday, 2018, April 1 - 01:00

Dominic Ford – originally published on

The sombrero galaxy (M104, NGC 4594) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -11°37', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere; it can be seen at latitudes between 58°N and 81°S.

From London (click to change), it will be visible between 23:47 and 02:14. It will become accessible at around 23:47, when it rises 24° above your southern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:03, 26° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 02:14 when it sinks to 24° above your southern horizon.

At magnitude 8.3, M104 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 M104 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M104 12h40m00s -11°37' Virgo 8.3 0'08"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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