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M5 is well placed

Friday, 2018, May 11 - 01:00

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

The globular cluster M5 (NGC 5904) in Serpens will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of +02°04', it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 72°N and 67°S.

From London (click to change), it will be visible all night. It will become visible at around 22:26 (BST) as the dusk sky fades, 30° above your south-eastern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 03:29, 32° above your south-western horizon.

At magnitude 5.8, M5 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 M5 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M5 15h18m30s +02°04' Serpens Caput 5.8 0'17"

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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