Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Deep Sky feed
The open star cluster M41 (NGC 2287) in Canis Major will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.
At a declination of -20°45', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 49°N.
From Seattle, it will be visible between 22:41 and 01:36. It will become accessible around 22:41, when it rises to an altitude of 18° above your southern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 00:10, 21° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible around 01:36 when it sinks below 19° above your southern horizon.
At magnitude 4.5, M41 is too faint to be seen with the naked eye from any but the very darkest sites, but is visible through a pair of binoculars or small telescope.
The position of M41 is as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
|The sky on 02 January 2016|
22 days old
All times shown in PST.
The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.