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The Lagoon Nebula is well placed

Dominic Ford, Editor
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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 Fairfield , it is visible between 23:28 and 02:17. It will become accessible around 23:28, when it rises to an altitude of 21° above your southern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 00:53, 24° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible around 02:17 when it sinks below 21° above your southern 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 2028

The sky on 22 June 2028
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

29-day old moon
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29 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:14 11:23 18:33
Venus 03:46 10:53 18:00
Moon 04:49 12:49 20:44
Mars 03:55 11:21 18:48
Jupiter 11:47 18:09 00:31
Saturn 02:27 09:13 15:58
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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