Today’s Astronomical Events – July 7th, 2015

Sagittarius, the Archer, is a familiar sight to those in the southern hemisphere but observers in northern latitudes may not see the constellation rise very high in their sky. Its brightest stars form the shape of a teapot and the constellation is famous for hosting a number of spectacular gas clouds and star clusters.

The reason for this is simple. When you look at Sagittarius, you’re actually looking toward the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. This is the cloudy band that appears in the image above. Our solar system is thought to be about 26,000 light years away from the center – which is just as well as astronomers believe the galaxy has a very dark heart. Specifically, like many other nearby galaxies, a black hole is thought to reside there!

(Click on the image to enlarge. Text and image are excerpts from 2016: The Night Sky Sights, available from Amazon in Kindle and Paperback formats.)

Image courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

Mercury leaves Taurus and enters Orion. (70% illuminated, magnitude -0.7, diameter 6.0”. Not visible.)

The constellation Sagittarius (the Archer) culminates at midnight tonight. (Naked eye, all night. See above.)

 

 

Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.

All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here.

2015 An Astronomical Year (Kindle Edition) 2016 An Astronomical Year Paperback Cover 2016 The Night Sky Sights The Astronomical Almanac 2015-2019

2015: An Astronomical Year

2016: An Astronomical Year 2016: The Night Sky Sights The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) The Amateur Astronomer’s Notebook (Pocket Edition)

(Kindle & Paperback)

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(Paperback)

Amazon – US

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Details of all available books across the world can be found here or by visiting the author’s page on Amazon. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me at astronomywriter “at” gmail.com

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