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The Perseus Double Cluster is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Objects: Caldwell 14
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The Perseus Double Cluster (NGC 869 and NGC 884; combined mag 4.3) will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 27 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 , it is visible all night. It will become visible at around 19:01 (PDT), 29° above your north-eastern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:46, 65° above your northern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:00, 32° above your north-western horizon.

At a declination of 57°08'N, it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 12°S.

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At magnitude 4.3, Caldwell 14 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 Caldwell 14 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
Caldwell 14 02h20m00s 57°08'N Perseus 4.3 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 27 Oct 2023

The sky on 27 October 2023
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

13-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


13 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:25 12:50 18:14
Venus 03:23 09:39 15:55
Moon 16:55 --:-- 05:39
Mars 07:33 12:56 18:20
Jupiter 18:24 01:03 07:42
Saturn 15:06 20:35 02:04
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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