SMC is well placed

2018 Oct 3

Dominic Ford – originally published on

Across much of the world the Milky Way’s dwarf companion, the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), in Tucana, will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -72°48', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 2°S.

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 2.7, SMC is visible to the naked eye, but best viewed through a pair of binoculars.

The precise position of SMC is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
SMC 00h52m30s -72°48' Tucana 2.7 315'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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