M47 is well placed

2018 Jan 14

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 02:06. 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 23:59, 23° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 02:06 when it sinks to 18° above your south-western horizon.

At magnitude 4.4, M47 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 M47 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M47 07h36m30s -14°30' Puppis 4.4 0'30"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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