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The Wishing Well cluster is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Objects: NGC3532
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Across much of the world, the Wishing Well open star cluster (NGC 3532; mag 3.0) in Carina will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 9 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 Fairfield , however, it is not observable because it lies so far south that it never rises above the horizon.

At a declination of 58°46'S, it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 11°N.

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At magnitude 3.0, NGC3532 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 NGC3532 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC3532 11h05m40s 58°46'S Carina 3.0 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 9 Mar 2023

The sky on 9 March 2023
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

17-day old moon
Waning Gibbous


17 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:08 11:39 17:10
Venus 07:30 14:01 20:32
Moon 19:05 01:18 07:20
Mars 10:27 18:09 01:52
Jupiter 07:17 13:35 19:53
Saturn 05:36 10:54 16:12
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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