LMC is well placed

2015 Dec 12

Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org

Across much of the world the Milky Way’s dwarf companion, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), in Dorado, will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -69°45', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 0°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 0.9, LMC is visible to the naked eye, but best viewed through a pair of binoculars.

The precise position of LMC is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
LMC 05h23m30s -69°45' Dorado 0.9 645'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org