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The Orion Nebula is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Objects: M42
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The Orion Nebula (M42; mag 4.0) will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 15 December 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 Washington , it is visible between 20:23 and 04:43. It will become accessible at around 20:23, when it rises to an altitude of 17° above your eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 00:33, 47° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 04:43 when it sinks below 17° above your western horizon.

At a declination of 5°23'S, it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 64°N and 75°S.

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At magnitude 4.0, M42 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 M42 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M42 05h35m10s 5°23'S Orion 4.0 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 15 Dec 2022

The sky on 15 December 2022
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

22-day old moon
Waning Crescent


22 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 09:10 13:50 18:31
Venus 08:41 13:25 18:09
Moon 23:15 06:04 12:43
Mars 16:13 23:39 07:04
Jupiter 12:56 18:54 00:53
Saturn 11:15 16:29 21:42
All times shown in MST.


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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© Digitised Sky Survey (DSS); Second Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS-II)





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