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The cluster IC 2395 is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Objects: IC2395
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Across much of the world, the open star cluster IC 2395 (mag 4.0) in Vela will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 31 January 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 Fairfield , however, it is not readily observable since it lies so far south that it will never rise more than 0° above the horizon.

At a declination of 48°09'S, it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 21°N.

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At magnitude 4.0, IC2395 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 IC2395 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
IC2395 08h42m30s 48°09'S Vela 4.0 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 31 Jan 2023

The sky on 31 January 2023
Twilight ends
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10-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


10 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:38 10:21 15:03
Venus 08:17 13:41 19:05
Moon 12:28 20:25 04:27
Mars 12:02 19:40 03:18
Jupiter 09:25 15:32 21:39
Saturn 07:50 13:03 18:15
All times shown in EST.


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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