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NGC 3114 is well placed

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 (2 days away)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Across much of the world the open star cluster NGC 3114 in Carina will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -60°07', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 9°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 4.2, NGC3114 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 NGC3114 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC3114 10h02m40s -60°07' Carina 4.2 35'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 20 February 2018
Sunrise 06:54
Sunset 17:51
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

5-day old moon
Age of Moon
5 days

All times shown in EST.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:10 12:35 18:00
Venus 07:27 13:03 18:38
Moon 09:43 16:08 22:34
Mars 02:17 07:03 11:49
Jupiter 00:25 05:30 10:35
Saturn 03:50 08:35 13:21


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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