M45 is well placed

2017 Nov 17

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

The Pleiades open star cluster (M45) in Taurus will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of +24°06', it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 45°S.

From London (click to change), it will be visible in the morning sky. It will become accessible at around 17:22, when it rises 12° above your north-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:59, 62° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:24, 15° above your western horizon.

At magnitude 1.6, M45 is visible to the naked eye, but best viewed through a pair of binoculars.

The precise position of M45 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M45 03h47m30s +24°06' Taurus 1.6 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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