NGC 2516 is well placed

2015 Jan 20

Dominic Ford – originally published on

Across much of the world the open star cluster NGC 2516 in Volans will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -60°52', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 9°N.

From London (click to change), it will not be observable because it will lie so far south that it never rises above the horizon.

At magnitude 3.8, NGC2516 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 NGC2516 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC2516 07h58m10s -60°52' Carina 3.8 30'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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