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IC2602 is well placed

Saturday, 2018, March 3 (All day)

Dominic Ford – originally published on

Across much of the world the theta Carinae open star cluster (IC 2602, also known as the southern Pleiades) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -64°24', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 5°N.

From London (click to change), it will not be observable because it will lie so far south that it never rises above the horizon.

At magnitude 1.9, IC2602 is visible to the naked eye, but best viewed through a pair of binoculars.

The precise position of IC2602 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
IC2602 10h43m10s -64°24' Carina 1.9 0'50"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of