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Messier 62 is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Across much of the world, the globular cluster M62 (NGC 6266; mag 6.5) in Ophiuchus will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 7 June 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 Cambridge , however, it is not readily observable since it lies so far south that it will never rise more than 17° above the horizon.

At a declination of 30°06'S, it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 39°N.

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At magnitude 6.4, M62 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 M62 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M62 17h01m10s 30°06'S Ophiuchus 6.4 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 7 Jun 2023

The sky on 7 June 2023
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19 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:05 11:10 18:15
Venus 08:27 15:58 23:29
Moon 23:26 03:52 08:23
Mars 09:15 16:32 23:49
Jupiter 03:04 09:51 16:39
Saturn 00:54 06:18 11:43
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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