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IC2581 is well placed

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 (9 days away)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Across much of the world the open star cluster IC 2581 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 -57°37', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 12°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 4.3, IC2581 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 IC2581 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
IC2581 10h27m20s -57°37' Carina 4.3 8'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 27 February 2018
Sunrise 06:44
Sunset 17:58
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

12-day old moon
Age of Moon
12 days

All times shown in EST.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:12 12:56 18:39
Venus 07:21 13:08 18:54
Moon 15:43 22:42 04:52
Mars 02:09 06:53 11:37
Jupiter 23:55 05:04 10:08
Saturn 03:25 08:10 12:56


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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