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Dominic Ford, Editor
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Across much of the world, the Lagoon Nebula (M8; mag 5.8) in Sagittarius will be well placed in the evening sky in coming weeks. On 22 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 Seattle , however, it is not readily observable since it lies so far south that it will never rise more than 18° above the horizon.
At a declination of 24°22'S, it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 45°N.
At magnitude 5.8, M8 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 M8 is as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
The sky on 22 Jun 2024
|The sky on 22 June 2024|
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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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