LMC is well placed

2019 Dec 12

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 but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 0°N.

From London, 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 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.

This entry in the observing calendar was provided by In-The-Sky.org

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