Tue, 02 Jan 2018 (39 days away)
Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Deep Sky feed
The open star cluster M41 (NGC 2287) in Canis Major will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.
At a declination of -20°43', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 49°N.
From Ashburn (click to change), it will be visible between 21:22 and 02:53. It will become accessible at around 21:22, when it rises 18° above your south-eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:09, 30° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 02:53 when it sinks to 19° above your south-western horizon.
At magnitude 4.5, M41 is too faint to be seen with the naked eye from any but the very darkest sites, but is visible through a pair of binoculars or small telescope.
The position of M41 is as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
|The sky on 02 January 2018|
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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