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NGC 2451 is well placed

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 (366 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Across much of the world the open star cluster NGC 2451 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 -37°58', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 32°N.

From Ashburn (click to change), it will not be readily observable since it will lie so far south that it will never rise more than 12° above the horizon.

At magnitude 2.8, NGC2451 is visible to the naked eye, but best viewed through a pair of binoculars.

The position of NGC2451 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC2451 07h45m20s -37°58' Puppis 2.8 45'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 16 January 2017
Sunrise 07:26
Sunset 17:11
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

18-day old moon
Age of Moon
18 days

All times shown in EST.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:47 10:36 15:24
Venus 09:42 15:24 21:06
Moon 22:09 03:34 10:00
Mars 10:03 15:52 21:42
Jupiter 00:11 05:49 11:28
Saturn 05:07 09:54 14:41


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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