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The Lagoon Nebula is well placed

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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 San Diego , it is visible between 22:11 and 03:27. It will become accessible at around 22:11, when it rises to an altitude of 21° above your south-eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 00:49, 32° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 03:27 when it sinks below 21° above your south-western 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.

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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
M8 18h03m40s 24°22'S Sagittarius 5.8 0'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 22 Jun 2025

The sky on 22 June 2025
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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:22 14:28 21:34
Venus 03:04 09:44 16:24
Moon 02:47 10:03 17:29
Mars 10:30 17:03 23:36
Jupiter 05:47 12:54 20:02
Saturn 00:53 06:52 12:51
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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