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
Messier 24 with Labels

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