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NGC 1981 is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The open star cluster NGC 1981 in Orion's sword will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -04°25', it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 65°N and 74°S.

From Cambridge, it will be visible between 19:43 and 03:47. It will become accessible around 19:43, when it rises to an altitude of 17° above your south-eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 23:43, 43° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible around 03:47 when it sinks below 18° above your south-western horizon.

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At magnitude 4.2, NGC1981 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 NGC1981 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC1981 05h35m00s -04°25' Orion 4.2 24'59"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 14 December 2017
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Mercury 06:40 11:22 16:04
Venus 06:37 11:11 15:46
Moon 03:29 08:54 14:20
Mars 02:55 08:15 13:35
Jupiter 03:49 08:56 14:03
Saturn 07:31 12:06 16:41
All times shown in EST.


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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