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

The cluster Messier 41 is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Deep Sky feed

Objects: M41
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 open star cluster M41 (NGC 2287; mag 4.5) in Canis Major will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 2 January 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 20:27 and 02:58. It will become accessible at around 20:27, when it rises to an altitude of 18° above your south-eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 23:42, 36° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 02:58 when it sinks below 18° above your south-western horizon.

At a declination of 20°45'S, it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 49°N.

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 4.5, M41 is too faint to be seen with the naked eye from any but the very darkest sites, but is visible through a pair of binoculars or small telescope.

The position of M41 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M41 06h45m50s 20°45'S Canis Major 4.5 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 2 Jan 2026

The sky on 2 January 2026
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

13-day old moon
Waning Gibbous


13 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:07 11:03 15:59
Venus 06:49 11:47 16:45
Moon 16:07 23:46 07:22
Mars 07:00 11:58 16:56
Jupiter 17:27 00:30 07:34
Saturn 10:53 16:46 22:39
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