“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!