Pluto – where in the sky is it?

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Pluto is in the constellation of Sagittarius in the eastern sky during early evening. It is not visible to the naked eye. Chart generated by TheSky6 © Software Bisque, Inc. www.bisque.com

Pluto is getting a lot of attention at present (mid-2015). The New Horizons spacecraft is returning increasingly detailed images from the outer reaches of our solar system.

The chart above shows where to look for Pluto. It is not visible to the naked eye, and never will be from Earth. However, if you are lucky enough to have a telescope with an aperture larger than about 25-cm you should spot it – the electronic controls for your telescope, or this finder chart will help.

Without a telescope you can still locate its position. From most parts of Australia look east at around 7 to 8pm. Identify Sagittarius with the help of the chart above, it looks like a “teapot”. Follow the stars to Pluto.

 

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