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."

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See the Milky Way to the north in Scutum and Aquila.

See Sagittarius from Bayer's Uranometria of 1603.

By Jim Kaler. Return to STARS.