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M3 is well placed

Tuesday, 2018, April 17 - 01:00

Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org

The globular cluster M3 (NGC 5272) in Canes Venatici will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of +28°22', it is easiest to see from the northern hemisphere and cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 41°S.

From London (click to change), it will be visible all night. It will become visible at around 21:29 (BST) as the dusk sky fades, 44° above your eastern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 04:32, 44° above your western horizon.

At magnitude 6.4, M3 is quite faint, and certainly not visible to the naked eye, but can be viewed through a pair of binoculars or small telescope.

The precise position of M3 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M3 13h42m10s +28°22' Canes Venatici 6.4 0'16"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.


The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org

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