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The constellation of the month

Scutum, Serpens [Cauda]

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Latin: Scutum (Sct), Serpens [Cauda] (Ser)
English: Shield, Tail of the Serpent Spanish: Escudo, Cola de la Serpiente
German: Schild, Schwanz der Schlange French: Ecu, Queue du Serpent
The constellation Scutum is shown in the center of the image and Serpens Cauda right above (see lines). Below is a part of Sagittarius. The constellation Serpens is divided into two parts: Serpens Caput and Serpens Cauda, the head and the tail of the serpent. In between is the constellation Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer.

In mid of August Scutum culminates at about 21:00 LT (9 pm). The galactic equator is crossing our field of view and bright star clouds can be seen there. The Scutum Star Cloud is already visible by naked eye and with a declination of -5 degrees even very good from central europe. The number of galactic deep sky objects is incredible in this region so close to the galactic center. In the lower right is already a part of the central region of our galaxy, the so called galactic bulge (see also the wide angle view).

© all photographs taken by Till Credner and Sven Kohle