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NGC 2244 is well placed

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The open star cluster NGC 2244, in the rosette nebula in Monoceros 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°56', it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 74°N and 65°S.

From Cambridge, it will be visible between 19:10 and 04:17. It will become accessible at around 19:10, when it rises 19° above your eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:42, 52° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 04:17 when it sinks to 19° above your western horizon.

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At magnitude 4.8, NGC2244 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 NGC2244 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC2244 06h31m50s +04°56' Monoceros 4.8 24'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 29 December 2018
Sunrise
07:12
Sunset
16:18
Twilight ends
17:59
Twilight begins
05:30

22-day old moon
Waning Crescent

41%

22 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:55 10:29 15:03
Venus 03:21 08:30 13:38
Moon 23:40 05:50 11:59
Mars 11:06 17:05 23:04
Jupiter 05:11 09:50 14:29
Saturn 07:24 11:59 16:33
All times shown in EST.

Source

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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42.38°N
71.11°W
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