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NGC 6388 is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Across much of the world the globular cluster NGC 6388 in Scorpius will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -44°44', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 25°N.

From Cambridge, it will not be readily observable since it will lie so far south that it will never rise more than 2° above the horizon.

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At magnitude 6.8, NGC6388 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 NGC6388 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC6388 17h36m10s -44°44' Scorpius 6.8 8'42"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 16 June 2019
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13-day old moon
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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:49 14:27 22:06
Venus 04:09 11:35 19:01
Moon 19:54 00:35 04:34
Mars 06:57 14:32 22:08
Jupiter 19:38 00:18 04:53
Saturn 21:45 02:27 07:05
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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