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M5 is well placed

Thu, 11 May 2017 (252 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The globular cluster M5 (NGC 5904) in Serpens will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of +02°04', it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 72°N and 67°S.

From Ashburn (click to change), it will be visible all night. It will become visible at around 21:25 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 27° above your eastern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 04:47, 28° above your south-western horizon.

At magnitude 5.8, M5 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 M5 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M5 15h18m30s +02°04' Serpens Caput 5.8 17'24"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 11 May 2017
Sunrise 05:59
Sunset 20:10
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

15-day old moon
Age of Moon
15 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:07 11:34 18:01
Venus 04:07 10:19 16:31
Moon 21:02 01:24 06:42
Mars 07:15 14:39 22:04
Jupiter 16:54 22:44 04:37
Saturn 22:47 03:38 08:24


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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