M47 is well placed
2015 Jan 15
Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org
The open star cluster M47 (NGC 2422) in Puppis will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.
At a declination of -14°30', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere; it can be seen at latitudes between 55°N and 84°S.
From London (click to change), it will be visible between 21:56 and 02:00. It will become accessible at around 21:56, when it rises 18° above your south-eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:56, 23° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 02:00 when it sinks to 19° above your south-western horizon.
At magnitude 4.5, M47 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 M47 is as follows:
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The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org