The globular cluster M4 (NGC 6121; mag 5.6) in Scorpius 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 26°31'S, it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 43°N.
From Fairfield, it will be visible between 23:50 and 01:55. It will become accessible around 23:50, when it rises to an altitude of 20° above your southern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 00:53, 22° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible around 01:55 when it sinks below 20° above your southern horizon.
At magnitude 5.4, M4 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 M4 is as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
|The sky on 28 May 2024|
20 days old
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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