Thursday, April 12, 2018
Towards the Center
Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows you my early morning view as I walk our (still new) dog, Mr. Jasper. Saturn and Mars are passing through the densest part of the night sky, the region of Sagittarius (with a view towards the galactic center). Also visible is one of the real treasures in a region full of treasures, Messier 22, a globular cluster.
Whether it is with a low-power, rich-field telescope or "just" a pair of binoculars, this region of the sky is worth exploring. A higher power telescope will bring out details of the planets passing through (even a modest scope will bring a view of the rings of Saturn that will take your breathe away), but a low power view can bring you hours of delight.