The vast dust lanes and star clouds
that spangle the Milky Way from Cygnus to Scorpius--and beyond, if you can get far enough south--are mostly too big to appreciate in all but the richest-field telescopes.
This is the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud
, also named M24.
September's star clouds
and diffuse nebulae Many patches of brighter naked-eye radiance shine along the so-called summer Milky Way.
This little constellation, though made of dim stars, harbors a chunk of Milky Way glow bright enough to be seen even through some light pollution: the Scutum Star Cloud
. And in the midst of this (actually in front of it) is Mil, a magnificently rich open cluster that's a fine sight in any telescope.
Pink's a favourite colour NIKKI DRAVEN ON RAISING STAR CLOUD
AS GENDER NEUTRAL
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.
This small star cloud
harbors almost no nebulosity, and it's not difficult to see with averted vision.
The Milky Way's brightest star cloud
is now low in the south, just off the spout of the Teapot pattern of Sagittarius.
Do we go over a kind of waterfall when we reach the Scutum Star Cloud
with its foreground telescopic "avalanche of stars" (or spate of stars) called the star cluster Messier 11?
Inside the Triangle is an extra-rich Milky Way section, the Cygnus Star Cloud
. It runs from Deneb toward the south.
Here we see the star cloud
NGC 6682, a pileup of remote suns beheld through this relatively clear window.
From the cross's center star to Albireo at the cross's foot stretches the Cygnus Star Cloud
of the Milky Way.