M41 is well placed

2017 Jan 1

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

Across much of the world the open star cluster M41 (NGC 2287) in Canis Major will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -20°43', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 49°N.

From London (click to change), it will not be readily observable since it will lie so far south that it will never rise more than 17° above the horizon.

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 precise position of M41 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M41 06h46m50s -20°43' Canis Major 4.5 0'38"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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