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star cloud

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The vast dust lanes and star clouds that spangle the Milky Way from Cygnus to Scorpius--and beyond, if you can get far enough south--are mostly too big to appreciate in all but the richest-field telescopes.
It's one of the largest star clouds in our local group of galaxies, and astronomically speaking it's also quite youthful--a mere 20 million years of age.
As we look into the bright star clouds above the spout of Sagittarius' teapot, we are looking directly toward the nucleus, the center, of our galaxy.
Pluto is at opposition on June 26, but faint around 14th magnitude, and in amongst the star clouds between Scorpio and Scutum, making visual observation very difficult, though with a CCD you should be able to detect its motion over a couple of evenings.
And if you live under deep darkness, you can see vast star clouds of the Milky Way silently boiling up in the south.
September's star clouds and diffuse nebulae Many patches of brighter naked-eye radiance shine along the so-called summer Milky Way.
My first foray among the star clouds and nebulae of M33 was made 13 years ago with my 14.5-inch scope, but I was curious about how many of these extragalactic wonders might reveal themselves to my 10-inch reflector.
The Milky Way star clouds northwest of Delphinus are also thousands of light-years closer to us, in the Cygnus and Perseus Arms.
In the case of those in Aquila, the "brighter, more distant objects" are provided by the star clouds of the Milky Way, and your ability to see them depends on how well your instruments handle the faint stars of these clouds.
This corresponds to some of M81's H II regions and star clouds. However, until this past October I hadn't seen any of the brighter patches individually.
We're lucky that something as prosaic as a car ride can transport us to the awesome star clouds of our home galaxy.