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The Small Magellanic Cloud is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Across much of the world, the Milky Way's dwarf companion , the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC; mag 2.7), in Tucana will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 4 October it will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time, and on subsequent evenings it will culminate four minutes earlier each day.

From San Diego , however, it is not observable because it lies so far south that it never rises above the horizon.

At a declination of 72°48'S, it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 2°S.

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At magnitude 2.7, SMC is visible to the naked eye, but best viewed through a pair of binoculars.

The position of SMC is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
SMC 00h52m30s 72°48'S Tucana 2.7 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 4 Oct 2020

The sky on 4 October 2020
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

17-day old moon
Waning Gibbous


17 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:49 14:07 19:25
Venus 03:37 10:09 16:41
Moon 19:46 02:23 09:08
Mars 19:09 01:27 07:45
Jupiter 14:08 19:09 00:10
Saturn 14:35 19:40 00:44
All times shown in PDT.


The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 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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