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Messier 15 is well placed

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The globular cluster M15 (NGC 7078; mag 6.2) in Pegasus 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 Fairfield , it is visible all night. It will become visible at around 21:04 (EST), 33° above your eastern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:49, 61° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 04:47, 30° above your western horizon.

At a declination of 12°10'N, it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere; it can be seen at latitudes between 82°N and 57°S.

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At magnitude 6.3, M15 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 M15 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M15 21h29m50s 12°10'N Pegasus 6.3 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 15 Aug 2023

The sky on 15 August 2023
Twilight ends
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29-day old moon
Waning Crescent


29 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:21 14:31 20:41
Venus 06:02 12:32 19:02
Moon 04:52 12:31 19:59
Mars 08:33 14:49 21:06
Jupiter 23:11 06:08 13:06
Saturn 20:25 01:47 07:09
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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