What is the farthest Northern Latitude in which the Magellanic Clouds can be seen?
What is the farthest Northern Latitude in which the Magellanic Clouds can be seen? Can they be seen in Hawaii? Can they be seen in Hana, Maui?
The Magellanic Clouds are at a declination of about -70 degrees, so that the farthest northern latitude from which they can be seen is about 20 degrees. But there is a caveat here. As you know, all objects in the sky go in circles around the celestial pole (due to Earth's rotation), and hence from a latitude of 20 degrees north, an object at a declination of -70 degrees will just touch the horizon for a few minutes before setting. Thus, if one really wants to have a decent look at the Magellanic Clouds, one needs to go to the equator at least, and even there, it will be visible only for a few hours and only at a particular time of the year.
Maui, Hawaii is at a latitude of about 20 to 21 degrees north, so that for practical purposes, it will not be possible for one to see the Magellanic Clouds.
Get More 'Curious?' with Our New PODCAST:
- Podcast? Subscribe? Tell me about the Ask an Astronomer Podcast
- Subscribe to our Podcast | Listen to our current Episode
- Cool! But I can't now. Send me a quick reminder now for later.
- Do we see the same stars from above and below the equator?
- Can any galaxies be seen with the naked eye?
- What is the best way to see the Milky Way?
How to ask a question:
If you have a follow-up question concerning the above subject, submit it here. If you have a question about another area of astronomy, find the topic you're interested in from the archive on our site menu, or go here for help.Table 'curious.Referrers' doesn't existTable 'curious.Referrers' doesn't exist
This page has been accessed 25104 times since April 29, 2002.
Last modified: December 2, 2003 3:36:48 PM
Ask an Astronomer is hosted by the Astronomy Department at Cornell University and is produced with PHP and MySQL.
Warning: Your browser is misbehaving! This page might look ugly. (Details)