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Messier 2 is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The globular cluster M2 (NGC 7089; mag 6.6) in Aquarius will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 14 August it will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time, and on subsequent evenings it will culminate four minutes earlier each day.

From Washington , it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 21:33 (MDT), 23° above your eastern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:34, 52° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 05:39, when it sinks below 21° above your western horizon.

At a declination of 0°49'S, it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 69°N and 70°S.

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At magnitude 6.6, 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 0°49'S Aquarius 6.6 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 14 Aug 2020

The sky on 14 August 2020
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

25-day old moon
Waning Crescent


25 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:31 13:27 20:23
Venus 03:19 10:27 17:34
Moon 02:10 09:39 17:14
Mars 23:14 05:32 11:51
Jupiter 18:27 23:17 04:07
Saturn 18:57 23:52 04:47
All times shown in MDT.


The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 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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