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M5 is well placed

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The globular cluster M5 (NGC 5904; mag 5.7) in Serpens 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 2°04'N, it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 72°N and 67°S.

From Ashburn, it will be visible all night. It will become visible around 21:29 (EST), 29° above your south-eastern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:05, 53° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 04:45, 28° above your south-western horizon.

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At magnitude 5.7, M5 is too faint to be seen with the naked eye from any but the very darkest sites, but is visible through a pair of binoculars or small telescope.

The position of M5 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M5 15h18m30s 2°04'N Serpens Caput 5.7 17'24"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 13 May 2022
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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:35 13:55 21:15
Venus 04:22 10:35 16:49
Moon 17:31 23:21 05:03
Mars 03:29 09:16 15:03
Jupiter 03:49 09:48 15:48
Saturn 02:22 07:37 12:52
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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