NGC 2232 is well placed

2017 Dec 27

Dominic Ford – originally published on

The open star cluster NGC 2232 in Monoceros will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -04°45', it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 65°N and 74°S.

From London (click to change), it will be visible between 20:27 and 03:37. It will become accessible at around 20:27, when it rises 17° above your south-eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:04, 33° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 03:37 when it sinks to 17° above your south-western horizon.

At magnitude 3.9, NGC2232 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 NGC2232 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC2232 06h26m30s -04°45' Monoceros 3.9 0'30"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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