My first view of the southern Milky Way in Scorpius and Sagittarius - although moonlight strongly interfered. Here's a picture.
Altair is at the top of the picture. The Milky Way flows south and broadens as it passes through Scutum and Sagittarius. The bright sprinkle of stars near the centre of the picture is the Saggitarius Star Cloud (Messier 24). Near the palm tree there's a bright scattering of stars called Ptolemy's cluster (Messier 7).
I can't wait to see this again in about 10 days when the moon should be below the horizon giving full darkness for a brief period.
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Dr Adrian Jannetta. Amateur astronomer, maths teacher and science enthusiast.