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NGC 6530 is well placed

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Across much of the world the open star cluster NGC 6530 (mag 4.6), close to the lagoon nebula (M8) in Sagittarius 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 24°21'S, it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 45°N.

From Seattle, it will not be readily observable since it will lie so far south that it will never rise more than 18° above the horizon.

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At magnitude 4.6, NGC6530 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 NGC6530 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC6530 18h04m30s 24°21'S Sagittarius 4.6 15'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 23 June 2026
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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:08 14:49 22:30
Venus 08:26 15:59 23:33
Moon 15:30 20:40 01:36
Mars 03:05 10:37 18:08
Jupiter 07:23 15:06 22:49
Saturn 01:39 07:57 14:14
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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