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IC2581 is well placed

Sunday, 2017, February 26 (All day)

Dominic Ford – originally published on

Across much of the world the open star cluster IC 2581 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 -57°37', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 12°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 4.3, IC2581 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 IC2581 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
IC2581 10h27m20s -57°37' Carina 4.3 0'08"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of