Sagittarius star cloud


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Sagittarius star cloud

[‚saj·ə′ter·ē·əs ′stär ‚klau̇d]
(astronomy)
A large star cloud within the Milky Way; its extension is about 1500 to 6000 light-years (1.42 × 1019 to 5.68 × 1019 meters) from the sun.
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Six that are both prominent and well-known are: the Cygnus Star Cloud, the Scutum Star Cloud, the Large Sagittarius Star Cloud, the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud (M24), the Lagoon Nebula (M8), and the big open star cluster M 7.
Above the Teapot, rising like steam from its spout, is the brightest patch of the Milky Way band: the Large Sagittarius Star Cloud. Here we look into not just the star-crowded plane of our lens-shaped galaxy, but also toward the galaxy's center.
Not far from the planet are such deep-sky marvels as the globular cluster M22, below and to the left, at 4[degrees] separation on the 1st, 3[degrees] separation on the 14th, and 2[degrees] separation on the 28th, and the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud (M24) some 4[degrees] to 5[degrees] above.
Under dark skies, the naked eye beholds M24 (the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud) and, just upper right from the Teapot's spout, the Large Sagittarius Star Cloud looking like a puff of steam.
One example of the latter is Barnard 92, a foreground object in front of distant M24 (the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud).
Just off the Teapot's spout, like a puff of steam, is the Large Sagittarius Star Cloud (the brightest part of the photo).
And onward, through the intense bright "foam" of M24 (the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud), flanked by the open clusters M25 and M23, until we arrive at a vision of the broadly spread central bulge (or river delta?) of the Milky Way with M20 (the Trifid Nebula), M8 (the Lagoon Nebula), and the gorgeous Large Sagittarius Star Cloud?
There the bulging Sagittarius Star Cloud lies in the direction of the galactic hub, nearly 30,000 light-years away.
The stars that shine through this hole make up Messier 24, the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud.
The Small Sagittarius Star Cloud (M24) is a 2[degrees]-long swath of Milky Way directly above the Teapot (see page 12).
Down in the southern part of the sky, the main pattern of Sagittarius, the Archer, is called the Teapot, and you can see why on our chart (and in the photograph on page 42).Above the Teapot, rising like steam from its spout, is the brightest patch of the Milky Way band: the Large Sagittarius Star Cloud. Here we look into not just the star-crowded plane of our lens-shaped galaxy, but also toward the galaxy's center.