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NGC 55 is well placed

Monday, 2018, September 24 - 01:00

Dominic Ford – originally published on

Across much of the world NGC 55, a barred irregular 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 -39°10', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 30°N.

From London (click to change), it will not be observable because it will lie so far south that it never rises above the horizon.

At magnitude 8.0, NGC55 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 NGC55 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC55 00h14m50s -39°10' Sculptor 8.0 0'32"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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