Map created in Guide 7.0 with the figure outline based on Johannes Hevelius' Uranographia (1690). Click on the object's name to access its image or click on the name of adjacent constellation to see its map.
Sagittarius, the Archer, is the second centaur immortalized in the sky. Unlike Centaurus, this one more closely reflects the general savage character of those half human-half equine beasts. It is depicted aimning an arrow at its zodiacal neighbour, Scorpius.
Sagittarius contains so many clusters and nebulae that it is next to impossible to pick a single favourite. The intricate Trifid Nebula and velvet-black B86 dust cloud are only two of my candidates.
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