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IC2602 is well placed

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 (325 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Across much of the world the theta Carinae open star cluster (IC 2602, also known as the southern Pleiades) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -64°24', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 5°N.

From Ashburn (click to change), it will not be observable because it will lie so far south that it never rises above the horizon.

At magnitude 1.9, IC2602 is visible to the naked eye, but best viewed through a pair of binoculars.

The position of IC2602 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
IC2602 10h43m10s -64°24' Carina 1.9 50'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 02 March 2017
Sunrise 06:39
Sunset 18:02
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

4-day old moon
Age of Moon
4 days

All times shown in EST.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:41 12:10 17:38
Venus 07:23 14:03 20:43
Moon 09:20 15:53 22:26
Mars 08:23 14:57 21:31
Jupiter 21:08 02:52 08:31
Saturn 02:26 07:13 11:59


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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