NGC 3114 is well placed

2016 Feb 21

Dominic Ford – originally published on

Across much of the world the open star cluster NGC 3114 in Carina 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°07', 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 4.2, NGC3114 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 NGC3114 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC3114 10h02m40s -60°07' Carina 4.2 0'35"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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