NGC 2244 is well placed

2017 Dec 29

Dominic Ford – originally published on

The open star cluster NGC 2244, in the rosette nebula 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°52', it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 74°N and 65°S.

From London (click to change), it will be visible between 19:41 and 04:19. It will become accessible at around 19:41, when it rises 19° above your eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:58, 43° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 04:19 when it sinks to 19° above your western horizon.

At magnitude 4.8, NGC2244 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 NGC2244 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC2244 06h32m20s +04°52' Monoceros 4.8 0'24"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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