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The Running Man cluster is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Objects: NGC1977
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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 Seattle , it is visible between 20:49 and 03:25. It will become accessible at around 20:49, when it rises to an altitude of 21° above your south-eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 00:07, 37° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 03:25 when it sinks below 21° above your south-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.

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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 2025

The sky on 15 December 2025
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

25-day old moon
Waning Crescent


25 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:10 10:42 15:14
Venus 07:26 11:40 15:54
Moon 03:46 08:39 13:23
Mars 08:24 12:30 16:36
Jupiter 18:23 02:11 09:58
Saturn 12:29 18:14 00:00
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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