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The Large Magellanic Cloud is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Across much of the world, the Milky Way's dwarf companion , the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC; mag 0.9), in Dorado will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 12 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 San Diego , however, it is not observable because it lies so far south that it never rises above the horizon.

At a declination of 69°45'S, it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 0°N.

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At magnitude 0.9, LMC is visible to the naked eye, but best viewed through a pair of binoculars.

The position of LMC is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
LMC 05h23m30s 69°45'S Dorado 0.9 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 12 Dec 2023

The sky on 12 December 2023
Twilight ends
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29-day old moon
Waxing Crescent


29 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:02 12:59 17:55
Venus 03:23 08:54 14:24
Moon 06:32 11:29 16:23
Mars 06:08 11:09 16:10
Jupiter 14:03 20:37 03:12
Saturn 11:09 16:39 22:09
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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