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NGC 2972 - Open Cluster in Vela

Altitude: -18.5°   Azimuth: 152.0°   Direction: South-South-East

NGC 2972 is a Open Cluster in the Vela constellation. NGC 2972 is situated south of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere.

The image below is a photograph of NGC 2972 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 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins).

Image of NGC 2972 - Open Cluster in Vela star
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DSS2 image of NGC 2972 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (3.6 arcmin) and minor (3.6 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Key facts about NGC 2972

NGC 2972
Open Cluster
Vela

NGC 2972 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -18.5°
Azimuth: 152.0°
Direction: South-South-East

See also NGC 2972 rise and set times.

Given its visual magnitude of 9.9, NGC 2972 is visible with the help of a binocular with a 80mm aperture or a small telescope.

Available Resources for NGC 2972 - Open Cluster in Vela

Photometric information of NGC 2972

The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 2972 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).

10.72
9.9

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

Apparent size of NGC 2972

The following table reports NGC 2972 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 2972 is a visual representation of it.
3.6 arcmin
3.6 arcmin

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 2972

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 2972 are provided in the following table:

09h 40m 11s
-50° 19’ 14”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 2972 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 2972 - Open Cluster in Vela star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 2972 - Open Cluster in Vela.

Finder chart NGC 2972 - Open Cluster in Vela star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 2972 - Open Cluster in Vela.

Rise and set times of NGC 2972 from your location

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

NGC 2972 - Open Cluster in Vela is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt