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M45 is well placed

Sat, 17 Nov 2018 (268 days away)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Pleiades open star cluster (M45) in Taurus will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of +24°06', it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 45°S.

From Ashburn (click to change), it will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 17:59, when it rises 12° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:12, 75° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:09, 15° above your western horizon.

At magnitude 1.6, M45 is visible to the naked eye, but best viewed through a pair of binoculars.

The position of M45 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M45 03h47m30s +24°06' Taurus 1.6 110'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 17 November 2018
Sunrise 06:54
Sunset 16:53
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

10-day old moon
Age of Moon
10 days

All times shown in EST.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:31 13:09 17:46
Venus 04:26 09:54 15:22
Moon 14:19 19:58 00:41
Mars 13:15 18:36 23:57
Jupiter 07:27 12:22 17:17
Saturn 10:05 14:49 19:33


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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