M12 is well placed

Monday 3rd Jun 2019

The globular cluster M12 (NGC 6218) in Ophiuchus will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -01°56', it is visible across much of the world; it can be seen at latitudes between 68°N and 71°S.

From London, it will be visible all night. It will become visible at around 23:20 (BST) as the dusk sky fades, 32° above your south-eastern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 02:38, 33° above your south-western horizon.

At magnitude 6.1, M12 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 M12 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M12 16h47m10s -01°56' Ophiuchus 6.1 14'30"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

This entry in the observing calendar was provided by In-The-Sky.org