Adventures in astroimaging and miscellaneous nonsense by an amateur astronomer in East Texas.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Messier 24, the Sagittarius Star Cloud
Messier 24 is a region of the Sagittarius Arm that is relatively free of the obscuring dust that normally blocks our view of the plane of the Milky Way. It gives us a glimpse of the densely populated region near the center of the galaxy. A few objects of note within Messier 24 are open cluster NGC 6603, and two dark nebulae cataloged by E. E. Barnard.
Messier 24, the Sagittarius Star Cloud; E-200; 20x120