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The Pleiades cluster is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Pleiades open star cluster (M45; mag 1.3) in Taurus will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 17 November 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 Seattle , it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 17:38, when it reaches an altitude of 12° above your north-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:09, 66° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:25, 14° above your western horizon.

At a declination of 24°06'N, it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 45°S.

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At magnitude 1.3, M45 is visible to the naked eye, but best viewed through a pair of binoculars.

The position of M45 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M45 03h47m30s 24°06'N Taurus 1.3 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 17 Nov 2024

The sky on 17 November 2024
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

16-day old moon
Waning Gibbous


16 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 09:27 13:26 17:24
Venus 10:51 14:49 18:47
Moon 16:41 01:16 10:01
Mars 21:01 04:46 12:31
Jupiter 17:41 01:31 09:22
Saturn 13:52 19:16 00:40
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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© Digitised Sky Survey (DSS); Second Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS-II)





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