“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne
It’s hard to believe that we’ve almost reached the end of Messier Monday, but with a finite number (110) objects in the catalogue, we were bound to come to this point. By time November ends, we’ll have captured them all! In the meantime, the months July-through-September are perfect for capturing the most southerly of all the Messier objects, and today’s cluster — Messier 6 — is no exception!
No Messier object is closer to the galactic center than this one, and those of you farther south will have a much easier time spotting it. Nevertheless, once the skies darken after sunset, this brilliant and nearby cluster of stars offers an unparalleled treat to skywatchers, allowing a fantastic glimpse into the lives of young stars!
Go and read the whole story, and delight in the amazing images, including an ‘amateur’ one that puts the pros to shame!