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M3 is well placed

Wednesday, 2019, April 17 - 02:00

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 but cannot be seen from latitudes much south of 41°S.

From London, 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 position of M3 is as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
M3 13h42m10s +28°22' Canes Venatici 6.4 16'12"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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