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Sky Chart: August 2014
 
10:00 pm EDT on August 11, 2014. Looking at Zenith, South at Bottom. (click to enlarge)*
From areas with dark skies, one can see the Milky Way passing across the entire sky this month. Start by looking directly overhead, toward Cygnus and Lyra. Then trace the line of the subtle Milky Way all the way to Scorpius and Sagittarius. What we're seeing is the plane of the galaxy in which we are embedded. You don't need a telescope to explore this area; a good pair of binoculars will do. You will basically be seeing what Galileo first saw when he first turned a telescope at the Milky Way. The diffuse glow is in fact composed of uncounted thousands of individual stars. The more you look, the more you will see!
 
 

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