March Objects

These are some show piece objects listed by object type, catalog number and constellation.


M42 (Orion nebula) Orion
M43 Orion
M1 (Crab nebula) Taurus
NGC2438 and Open Cluster M46 Puppis
NGC2261 (Hubble's Variable Nebula) Monoceros  06 h 39.2 m, +08 deg 44min
NGC2024 (Flame Nebula) Orion 05 h 40.7 m,  +02 deg, 27 min
NGC2392 (Eskimo nebula)  07 h  29.2 m,  +20 deg  55 min


M65/66 Leo
M81/82 Ursa Major
M51/NGC5195 Ursa Major
NGC3115 (Spindle Galaxy) Sextans, 10 h 05.2 m, -07 deg 43 min.


M3 Canes Venatici
M53 Coma Berenices
M79 Lepus
NGC2419 Lynx (Intergalactic Wanderer) 07 h 38.1 m, +38 deg 53 min


M45 Taurus (Pleiades)
M44 Cancer (Beehive or Praesepe)
M41 Canis Major
M46 with nebula NGC2438 Puppis
M47 Puppis
M48 Hydra
M50 Monoceros
M35 Gemini
NGC2158 (Same field of view with M35)  06 h  07.5 min,  +24 deg 06 min
M36 Auriga
M37 Auriga
M38 Auriga
NGC2169 (Backwards 37) Orion  06 h 08.4 m,  +13 deg 57 min
NGC2264 (Christmas tree cluster)  06 h 41.1 m,  +09 deg 53 min


NAME              CON     RA (2000)      DEC       MAG       SEP         PA           NOTES

Alcor/Mizar (zeta) UMa      13h 23.9m   +54d 56m   1.8/2.2/4   12/14        150

Dubhe (alpha)     UMa        11h 04m      +62d 01m    1.8/7        6.3                           yel/blu

Iota                    Can         08h 46.7m    +28d 46m    4.0/6.6     30.4          307           yel/blu

Acubens (alpha)  Can        08h 58.5m     +11d 51m   4.3/11.8    11.3"

Castor (alpha)   Gem       07h 34.6m    +31d 53m  1.9/3/8.9  4.1"/71"    68

Wasat (delta)      Gem       07h 21.1m     +21d 59m   3.5/8.2       7.5"         226           yel/r.dwarf

Mekbuda (zeta)   Gem      07h 04m         +21d 59m   3.6/4.2                                    Cepheid variable

Mekbuda is one of the brightest variable stars. It has a period of 10.6 days during which its magnitude fluctuates between 3.6 and 4.2. With binoculars you might note a magnitude 7.6 companion which is actually unrelated to Zeta.

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Last updated February 4, 2018 by Brian Gray