Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Deep Sky feed
The open star cluster NGC 869 in Perseus, also known as the western half of the double cluster will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.
At a declination of +57°07', it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 12°S.
From Ashburn, it will be visible all night. It will become visible around 19:20 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 33° above your north-eastern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:27, 37° above your north-western horizon.
At magnitude 4.3, NGC869 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 NGC869 is as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
|The sky on 26 October 2017|
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All times shown in EDT.
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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