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Earthsky Tonight—July 10, Look toward the center of the Milky Way galaxy
Posted By Gary Wamsley On August 9, 2010 @ 10:49 pm In Earth & Sky | Comments Disabled
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Yesterday’s chart  showed the part of our Milky Way galaxy that stretches overhead in the evening. Today’s chart is aimed toward the galaxy’s center, which is located some 30,000 light-years away.
Remember, when you are looking at this starlit band across the sky – visible from country locations – you are peering edgewise into our own galaxy.
Today’s chart shows that the starlit trail of the Milky Way seems to bulge just before it reaches the southern horizon. This bulge marks the approximate location of the Milky Way’s center. This part of the Milky Way is vastly more spectacular in a dark night sky than it appears here on our chart! The constellations Sagittarius and Scorpius lie in this direction as well.
With the moon still mostly gone from the evening sky, this is an excellent time to trek out to the country for an edgewise view into our own galaxy, the Milky Way.
So take advantage of the moonless skies in the evenings this week, and go stargazing. If you have them, bring along a pair of binoculars. If you scan with binoculars along the Milky Way, you will find many lovely clusters of stars. No need to know their names to enjoy them!
Written by Deborah Byrd 
StarDate Online 
Sky and Telescope 
National Geographic 
Space Com 
Amazing Space 
Scope City 
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URLs in this post:
 www.EarthSky.org: http://www.EarthSky.org
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 Yesterday’s chart: http://earthsky.org/tonightpost/es-tonight/look-overhead-to-see-the-summer-milky-way
 Can you show me a detailed view of the Milky Way center?: http://earthsky.org/space/most-detailed-view-yet-of-milky-way-center
 Deborah Byrd: http://earthsky.org/author/deborahbyrd/
 Astronomy Picture of the Day from NASA/JPL: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/
 CHANDRA Photo Album: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/
 U.S. Naval Observator Astronomical Information cente: http://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/astronomical-applications/astronomical-information-center/astronomical-information-center
 StarDate Online: http://stardate.org/
 Sky and Telescope: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/ataglance/
 National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/
 Space Com: http://www.space.com/nightsky/
 Amazing Space: http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/tonights_sky/
 The York County Astronomical Society: http://www.ycas.org/tonights_sky.htm
 Scope City: http://www.scopecity.net/
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