M44 is well placed

2015 Jan 31

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

The Beehive open star cluster (M44, NGC 2632, also known as Praesepe) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of +19°58', it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere; it can be seen at latitudes between 89°N and 50°S.

From London (click to change), it will be visible between 18:09 and 05:48. It will become accessible at around 18:09, when it rises 17° above your eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:57, 58° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 05:48 when it sinks to 17° above your western horizon.

At magnitude 3.7, M44 is tricky to make out with the naked eye except from a dark site, but is visible through a pair of binoculars or small telescope.

The precise position of M44 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M44 08h40m00s +19°58' Cancer 3.7 95'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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