Milky Way Mosaic - Sagittarius Through Scutum

The brightest part of the Milky Way is located in Sagittarius and continues north into Scutum. The dark rift running down the center of the Milky Way is due to interstellar dust in the plane of our Galaxy. The above vista is best seen during the summer months and can only be appreciated from a dark sky location.

For another view of the same region see Milky Way and Bifrost Observatory. The above image is part of a larger Milky Way Mosaic - Sagittarius Through Cygnus. Other Milky Way mosaics include Scutum Through Vulpecula and Aquila Through Cygnus.

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