The Milky Way runs from top to bottom in this photo taken in
October of 1990.
Sagittarius (the Archer), with its prominent
Little Milk Dipper, dominates the center of the image.
Scutum (the Shield) lies toward the top within a
prominent star cloud. Serpens Cauda is to the
right, Scorpius (the Scorpion) lies across the bottom,
and Corona Australis (the Southern Crown) is at
bottom left. The bright "star" up and to the left of center is
Saturn, while Uranus lies nearly lost at the center of the picture
among the stars of the Milky Way. Antares
near the bottom right corner. The Milky Way is filled with great
dark dust clouds that are obvious to the naked eye. Running down the
middle is the southern extension of the "Great Rift," which contains the
bright reddish diffuse "Lagoon Nebula,", M8. Down and to the
right of center are several dark tube-like dust clouds, the most prominent
of which is the "Pipe Nebula."