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SMC is well placed

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 (198 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Across much of the world the Milky Way's dwarf companion, the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), in Tucana will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -72°48', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 2°S.

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 2.7, SMC is visible to the naked eye, but best viewed through a pair of binoculars.

The position of SMC is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
SMC 00h52m30s -72°48' Tucana 2.7 315'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 04 October 2017
Sunrise
07:07
Sunset
18:47
Twilight ends
20:16
Twilight begins
05:39

14-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

96%

14 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:51 12:48 18:45
Venus 05:09 11:32 17:55
Moon 18:37 00:34 05:27
Mars 05:13 11:34 17:56
Jupiter 08:32 14:02 19:33
Saturn 12:55 17:41 22:27
All times shown in EDT.

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
EDT

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