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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 15 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 San Diego , it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 20:35 (PDT), 22° above your eastern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:47, 56° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 04:59, 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 15 Aug 2022

The sky on 15 August 2022
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

18-day old moon
Waning Gibbous


18 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:09 14:24 20:39
Venus 04:44 11:40 18:36
Moon 21:38 03:46 10:03
Mars 00:02 06:53 13:44
Jupiter 21:37 03:44 09:51
Saturn 19:29 00:51 06:12
All times shown in PDT.


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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