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Scutum Star Cloud

Scutum Star Cloud, June 2, 2008. This section of the Milky Way is a rich and rewarding region to explore on a summer night with binoculars or a telescope. Located near the central bulge of our galaxy, there are countless dark and bright nebulas, and star clusters to search out.

The bright region in the centre of the photograph is the Scutum Star Cloud. It is one of the real gems of the night sky. At the bottom of the photo is one of the brightest parts of the Milky Way, the Sagittarius Star Cloud. In between them are almost too many beauties to mention!

The nucleus of the Milky Way Galaxy is found in the direction just below the Sagittarius Star Cloud, about 33,000 light years away.

This photograph was featured on the SkyNews Magazine website.

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