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M45 is well placed

Saturday, 2018, November 17 (All day)

Dominic Ford – originally published on

The Pleiades open star cluster (M45) in Taurus will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of +24°06', it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 45°S.

From London (click to change), it will be visible in the morning sky. It will become accessible at around 17:23, when it rises 12° above your north-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:03, 62° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:24, 15° above your western horizon.

At magnitude 1.6, M45 is visible to the naked eye, but best viewed through a pair of binoculars.

The precise position of M45 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M45 03h47m30s +24°06' Taurus 1.6 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of