NGC 6397 is well placed

Monday 17th Jun 2019

Across much of the world the globular cluster NGC 6397 in Ara will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

At a declination of -53°40', it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere but cannot be seen from latitudes much north of 16°N.

From London, it will not be observable because it will lie so far south that it never rises above the horizon.

At magnitude 8.5, NGC6397 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 NGC6397 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
NGC6397 17h40m40s -53°40' Ara 8.5 25'42"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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