© Digitised Sky Survey (DSS); Second Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS-II)

The Running Man cluster is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Deep Sky feed

Objects: NGC1977
Please wait
Loading 0/4
Click and drag to rotate
Mouse wheel to zoom in/out
Touch with mouse to dismiss
The sky at

The Running Man cluster NGC 1977 (mag 4.2) in Orion's sword will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 15 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 , it is visible between 19:45 and 03:44. It will become accessible at around 19:45, when it rises to an altitude of 21° above your eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 23:45, 52° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 03:44 when it sinks below 21° above your western horizon.

At a declination of 4°50'S, it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 65°N and 74°S.

Begin typing the name of a town near to you, and then select the town from the list of options which appear below.

At magnitude 6.6, NGC1977 is quite faint, and certainly not visible to the naked eye, but can be viewed through a pair of binoculars or small telescope.

The position of NGC1977 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC1977 05h35m10s 4°50'S Orion 6.6 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 15 Dec 2023

The sky on 15 December 2023
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

3-day old moon
Waxing Crescent


3 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:45 12:44 17:43
Venus 03:29 08:56 14:23
Moon 09:32 14:34 19:41
Mars 06:07 11:06 16:06
Jupiter 13:50 20:25 03:00
Saturn 10:57 16:28 21:58
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.

Image credit

© Digitised Sky Survey (DSS); Second Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS-II)


San Diego



Color scheme