M5 is well placed

Sunday 12th May 2019

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, it will be visible all night. It will become visible at around 22:27 (BST) as the dusk sky fades, 31° above your south-eastern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 03:27, 32° above your south-western horizon.

At magnitude 6.0, 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 position of M5 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M5 15h18m30s +02°04' Serpens Caput 6.0 17'24"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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