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M2 is well placed

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 (98 days ago)

Dominic Ford, Editor
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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 Ashburn (click to change), it will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 21:15 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 23° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:12, 50° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 05:08, when it sinks to 22° above your western horizon.

At magnitude 6.5, 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
M2 21h33m20s -00°49' Aquarius 6.5 12'54"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 14 August 2017
Sunrise 06:21
Sunset 20:05
Twilight ends
21:45
Twilight begins
04:41

22-day old moon
Age of Moon
22 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:06 14:20 20:35
Venus 03:27 10:46 18:04
Moon 23:49 06:28 13:06
Mars 05:50 12:51 19:52
Jupiter 11:04 16:47 22:29
Saturn 16:09 20:56 01:47

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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© Digitised Sky Survey (DSS); Second Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS-II)

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
EST

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