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M6 is well placed

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Across much of the world the butterfly open star cluster (M6, NGC 6405; mag 4.2) in Scorpius will be well placed, high in the sky. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -32°15', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 37°N.

From Fairfield, it will not be readily observable since it will lie so far south that it will never rise more than 16° above the horizon.

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At magnitude 4.2, M6 is tricky to make out with the naked eye except from a dark site, but is visible through a pair of binoculars or small telescope.

The position of M6 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M6 17h40m20s -32°15' Scorpius 4.2 15'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 17 June 2019
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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:06 14:39 22:11
Venus 04:23 11:46 19:09
Moon 20:58 00:45 05:30
Mars 07:10 14:41 22:12
Jupiter 19:39 00:23 05:02
Saturn 21:47 02:33 07:15
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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