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July Night Sky

Midsummer is our one chance to look at the night sky in the direction of the galactic centre. This is in Sagittarius, which never rises far above the southern horizon. (Our compensation is that we in the northern hemisphere are better placed to look at nearby galaxy clusters in Virgo and Coma Berenices!). We can't see all the way to the galactic centre in visible light, as dark clouds of interstellar dust  get in the way, but if we look in that general direction there are many interesting nebulae  near enough to be seen in binoculars, and offering very good views in a good size telescope....

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