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public LocationGreenwich, UK
TimezoneEurope/London
Sunrise: 4:43 
Transit: 13:01 
Sunset: 21:18
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NGC 2264 (Christmas Tree Cluster) - Star Cluster + Nebula in Monoceros

Below the horizon.  Rise: 6:39 | Tran: 13:28 | Set: 20:16
Altitude: -27.8°   Azimuth: 347.0°   Direction: North-North-West

NGC 2264 is a Star Cluster + Nebula in the Monoceros constellation. NGC 2264 is situated close to the celestial equator and, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year.

The image below is a photograph of NGC 2264 from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.38x0.38 degrees (22.8x22.8 arcmins).

Image of NGC 2264 (Christmas Tree Cluster) - Star Cluster + Nebula in Monoceros star
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DSS2 image of NGC 2264 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (11.4 arcmin) and minor (11.4 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Key facts about NGC 2264

NGC 2264
Star Cluster + Nebula
Monoceros

NGC 2264 is below the horizon from Greenwich, UK.

Altitude: -27.8°
Azimuth: 347.0°
Direction: North-North-West

See also NGC 2264 rise and set times.

Given its visual magnitude of 3.9, NGC 2264 is barely visible to the naked eye, easily visible with the help of a small binocular.

Available Resources for NGC 2264 (Christmas Tree Cluster) - Star Cluster + Nebula in Monoceros

Photometric information of NGC 2264

The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 2264 in different bands of the electomagnetic spectrum (when available), from the B band (445nm wavelength, corresponding to the Blue color), to the V band ( 551nm wavelength, corresponding to Green/Yellow color), to the J, H, K bands (corresponding to 1220nm, 1630nm, 2190nm wavelengths respectively, which are colors not visible to the human eye).

3.9

For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.

Apparent size of NGC 2264

The following table reports NGC 2264 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 2264 is a visual representation of it.
11.4 arcmin
11.4 arcmin

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 2264

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 2264 are provided in the following table:

06h 40m 58s
+09° 53’ 43”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 2264 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.

Finder chart NGC 2264 (Christmas Tree Cluster) - Star Cluster + Nebula in Monoceros star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 2264 (Christmas Tree Cluster) - Star Cluster + Nebula in Monoceros.

Finder chart NGC 2264 (Christmas Tree Cluster) - Star Cluster + Nebula in Monoceros star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 2264 (Christmas Tree Cluster) - Star Cluster + Nebula in Monoceros.

Rise and set times of NGC 2264 from your location

Location: Greenwich, UK
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's NGC 2264 (Christmas Tree Cluster) - Star Cluster + Nebula in Monoceros rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 80.1°
Max altitude: 48.4°
Azimuth: 279.9°