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Constellation named for a Polish king

29 Jul 2011, 08:01 UTC
Constellation named for a Polish king
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Look for one of summer's most beautiful celestial sights. Be sure you are looking in a dark country sky for the constellation Scutum and a hazy patchwork of stars.

With no moon in sight tonight, look for one of summer’s most beautiful celestial sights. Be sure you are looking in a dark country sky, far away from the the glare of citiy lights.
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In a dark sky, you’ll find a hazy pathway stretched across the sky during the late July evening hours. This band is the starlit trail of our own Milky Way galaxy. Looking southward late in the evening – toward the richest part of the Milky Way – you’ll find a very small constellation, called Scutum the Shield. It has only has four stars that make up the constellation outline. But it is noticeable in a dark sky because the Milky Way is so rich here.
The Shield is not big, but it provides some very nice views in dark skies with the unaided eye or binoculars. The very noticeable Teapot of Sagittarius is below Scutum.
Scutum has a fascinating history. Astronomer Hevelius named it in 1683 for Jan III Sobieski. ...

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