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M12 is well placed

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 (598 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The globular cluster M12 (NGC 6218) in Ophiuchus will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -01°57', it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 68°N and 71°S.

From Ashburn (click to change), it will be visible all night. It will become visible at around 21:49 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 28° above your south-eastern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 04:27, 29° above your south-western horizon.

At magnitude 6.6, M12 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 M12 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M12 16h47m10s -01°57' Ophiuchus 6.6 14'30"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 02 June 2016
Sunrise 05:44
Sunset 20:29
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

27-day old moon
Age of Moon
27 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:43 11:32 18:21
Venus 05:42 13:02 20:21
Moon 04:12 10:48 17:23
Mars 19:11 00:06 04:55
Jupiter 12:57 19:25 01:56
Saturn 20:15 01:12 06:05


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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