Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Deep Sky feed
The globular cluster M2 (NGC 7089) in Aquarius will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.
At a declination of -00°49', it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 69°N and 70°S.
From Washington, it will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 21:32 (MDT) as the dusk sky fades, 23° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:32, 52° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 05:37, when it sinks below 22° above your western horizon.
At magnitude 6.6, M2 is quite faint, and certainly not visible to the naked eye, but can be viewed through a pair of binoculars or small telescope.
The position of M2 is as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
|The sky on 15 August 2014|
20 days old
All times shown in MDT.
The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.
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