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M2 is well placed

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The globular cluster M2 (NGC 7089) in Aquarius will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -00°49', it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 69°N and 70°S.

From Cambridge, it will be visible all night. It will become visible around 20:56 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 24° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:39, 46° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 04:35, 22° above your south-western horizon.

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At magnitude 6.6, M2 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 M2 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M2 21h33m20s -00°49' Aquarius 6.6 12'54"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 16 August 2025
Sunrise
05:52
Sunset
19:44
Twilight ends
21:31
Twilight begins
04:05

23-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

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23 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:25 11:34 18:43
Venus 02:58 10:25 17:53
Moon 23:41 06:36 14:15
Mars 09:29 15:25 21:22
Jupiter 02:35 10:08 17:40
Saturn 21:12 03:12 09:07
All times shown in EDT.

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 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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Cambridge

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42.38°N
71.11°W
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