The globular cluster M2 (NGC 7089; mag 6.5) in Aquarius 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 0°49'S, it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 69°N and 70°S.
From Ashburn, it will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 21:12 (EST), 24° above your eastern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:04, 50° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 05:05, when it sinks below 21° above your western horizon.
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|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
|The sky on 16 August 2021|
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All times shown in EDT.
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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