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M5 is well placed

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 21:24 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 26° above your eastern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 04:47, 28° above your south-western horizon.

At magnitude 6.0, 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 6.0 17'24"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 11 May 2018
Sunrise
05:59
Sunset
20:10
Twilight ends
21:56
Twilight begins
04:13

25-day old moon
Waning Crescent

13%

25 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:08 11:36 18:04
Venus 07:40 15:09 22:39
Moon 04:09 10:00 15:50
Mars 01:08 05:54 10:39
Jupiter 19:42 00:57 06:06
Saturn 23:40 04:30 09:15
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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© Digitised Sky Survey (DSS); Second Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS-II)

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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