SMC is well placed

Friday 4th Oct 2019

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 but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 2°S.

From London, 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 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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