NGC 2451 is well placed

2016 Jan 17

Dominic Ford – originally published on

Across much of the world the open star cluster NGC 2451 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 -37°58', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 32°N.

From London (click to change), it will not be readily observable since it will lie so far south that it will never rise more than 0° above the horizon.

At magnitude 2.8, NGC2451 is visible to the naked eye, but best viewed through a pair of binoculars.

The precise position of NGC2451 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC2451 07h45m20s -37°58' Puppis 2.8 0'45"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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