M94 will appear close to the zenith (the Z in the image above) for many northern hemisphere observers tonight and is one of the brighter galaxies in the Spring night sky. It’s also one of the easiest to find as it’s close to the two bright stars of Canes Venatici, the Hunting Dogs.
Located some 16 million light years away, it was discovered Pierre Méchain in 1781, the same year that William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus a little closer to home. It should be visible to most binocular or telescopic observers under clear, dark skies.
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The spiral galaxy M94 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 9.0. Canes Venatici, all night.)
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Learn more about upcoming astronomical events in 2015 An Astronomical Year (Kindle Edition) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Kindle Edition and Paperback Edition) and 2016 An Astronomical Year (North American Kindle Edition.)
The Amateur Astronomer’s Notebook allows astronomers to log 150 observing sessions and includes an appendix of hundreds of suggested deep sky objects.
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