Monday, 27 July 2015

Astrognome Astronomy The Centre of the Galaxy

The Centre of the Galaxy

In the south in the summer skies low down is the bright red star Antares brightest star in the constellation of the Scorpion.  

To the left and just as low down in the sky is the rather faint constellation of Sagittarius the Archer. On a clear night it is possible to see a faint ribbon of stars passing from directly overhead and leading down to the horizon passing through Sagittarius, this is the Milky Way, our galaxy.

If you can locate Sagittarius, and you don`t need a telescope, you will be looking towards the centre of our galaxy. This is always a wonderful if scientifically unremarkable thing to do during summer evenings.

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