87 days ago
Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Deep Sky feed
Across much of the world, the Theta Carinae open star cluster (IC 2602, also known as the Southern Pleiades; mag 1.9) will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 3 March 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 64°23'S, it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 5°N.
At magnitude 1.9, IC2602 is visible to the naked eye, but best viewed through a pair of binoculars.
The position of IC2602 is as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
The sky on 03 Mar 2023
|The sky on 03 March 2023|
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All times shown in PST.
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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