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NGC 2808 is well placed

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Across much of the world, the globular cluster NGC 2808 (mag 6.2) in Carina will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 8 February 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 Ashburn , however, it is not observable because it lies so far south that it never rises above the horizon.

At a declination of 64°51'S, it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 5°N.

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At magnitude 6.2, NGC2808 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 NGC2808 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC2808 09h12m00s 64°51'S Carina 6.2 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 8 Feb 2024

The sky on 8 February 2024
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Mercury 06:36 11:28 16:20
Venus 05:34 10:22 15:10
Moon 06:33 11:14 16:01
Mars 06:02 10:50 15:37
Jupiter 10:32 17:19 00:05
Saturn 08:05 13:33 19:02
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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