The center of our galaxy lies in the direction of the great constellation Sagittarius, the Archer. This area of the sky overflows with stars, globular star clusters, and bright and dark nebulae. Many deep-sky targets reside in this area of the summer night sky. A quick glance with binoculars reveals some spectacular objects.
The Lagoon Nebula’s gas and dust is brilliantly illuminated by the energy of the hot, young stars inside it.
In the three-lobed Trifid Nebula, dark dust lanes appear etched against the radiance of glowing gas.
The Omega Nebula glows brightly but we cannot see its hottest stars, embedded deep inside.
The annual Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks on the night of July 28th to the 29th. However, bright moonlight will drown out many of the dimmer meteors this year. Look for meteors radiating from the southeast after midnight.