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M47 is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The open star cluster M47 (NGC 2422) in Puppis will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -14°28', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere; it can be seen at latitudes between 55°N and 84°S.

From Ashburn (click to change), it will be visible between 20:44 and 03:31. It will become accessible at around 20:44, when it rises 18° above your south-eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:10, 36° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 03:31 when it sinks to 18° above your south-western horizon.

At magnitude 4.4, M47 is tricky to make out with the naked eye except from a dark site, but is visible through a pair of binoculars or small telescope.

The position of M47 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M47 07h36m30s -14°28' Puppis 4.4 30'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 15 January 2016
Sunrise
07:26
Sunset
17:09
Twilight ends
18:44
Twilight begins
05:52

5-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

40%

5 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:04 12:05 17:05
Venus 04:58 09:47 14:36
Moon 11:02 17:14 23:26
Mars 01:27 06:50 12:12
Jupiter 21:48 04:08 10:24
Saturn 04:24 09:16 14:08
All times shown in EST.

Source

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.

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© Digitised Sky Survey (DSS); Second Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS-II)

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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