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M12 is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The globular cluster M12 (NGC 6218) in Ophiuchus will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -01°56', it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 68°N and 71°S.

From Washington, it will be visible all night. It will become visible around 22:03 (MDT) as the dusk sky fades, 27° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:36, 50° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 04:59, 28° above your south-western horizon.

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At magnitude 6.1, M12 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 M12 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M12 16h47m10s -01°56' Ophiuchus 6.1 14'30"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 02 June 2020
Sunrise
06:13
Sunset
20:47
Twilight ends
22:38
Twilight begins
04:23

11-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

91%

11 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:46 15:13 22:39
Venus 06:17 13:36 20:55
Moon 17:38 23:12 04:10
Mars 02:14 07:50 13:26
Jupiter 23:42 04:42 09:37
Saturn 23:59 05:02 10:01
All times shown in MDT.

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)

Washington

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37.13°N
113.51°W
MDT

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