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M47 is well placed

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 (74 days ago)

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°30', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere; it can be seen at latitudes between 55°N and 84°S.

From Newark (click to change), it will be visible between 20:43 and 03:15. It will become accessible at around 20:43, when it rises 18° above your south-eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:57, 34° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 03:15 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°30' Puppis 4.4 0'30"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 13 January 2017
Sunrise: 07:18
Sunset: 16:50
from 05:41
until 18:27

15-day old moon
Age of Moon:
15 days

All times shown in EST.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:39 10:25 15:10
Venus 09:36 15:12 20:47
Moon 18:45 00:43 07:48
Mars 09:57 15:43 21:28
Jupiter 00:10 05:47 11:25
Saturn 05:09 09:51 14:33


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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