Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Deep Sky feed
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°56', it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 68°N and 71°S.
From Ashburn, it will be visible all night. It will become visible around 21:49 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 28° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:09, 49° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 04:26, 29° above your south-western horizon.
At magnitude 6.1, 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|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
|The sky on 03 June 2017|
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All times shown in EDT.
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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