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Treasures of Sagittarius

Myriad binocular targets lie in this quarter of the sky.
RELATED TOPICS: MILKY WAY
Harrington
The gentle glow of the Milky Way wafts across the midsummer sky. If we follow it southward toward the horizon, we come to the constellation Sagittarius and the center of our galaxy.

Myriad binocular targets lie in this quarter of the sky. Let’s take a look at a few of my favorites.

We begin at M8, the Lagoon Nebula. You’ll find it 6° north of Gamma (γ) Sagittarii at the tip of the Sagittarius Teapot’s spout; just follow the “steam.” In fact, with dark skies you will probably be able to see it without any optical aid as a soft fuzz of starlight adrift in the Milky Way.

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