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NGC 6397 is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Across much of the world the globular cluster NGC 6397 in Ara will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -53°40', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 16°N.

From Ashburn, it will not be observable because it will lie so far south that it never rises above the horizon.

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At magnitude 8.5, NGC6397 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 NGC6397 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC6397 17h40m40s -53°40' Ara 8.5 25'42"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 16 June 2017
Sunrise
05:42
Sunset
20:36
Twilight ends
22:36
Twilight begins
03:43

22-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

53%

22 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:18 12:43 20:08
Venus 03:20 10:04 16:47
Moon 00:52 06:28 12:03
Mars 06:34 14:03 21:31
Jupiter 14:28 20:18 02:12
Saturn 20:15 01:06 05:53
All times shown in EDT.

Source

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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Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
EDT

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