Annotated roadmap to the milky way

On June, July and August evenings, we look toward the galaxy’s center, as indicated by the red arrows. On December, January and February evenings, we look away from the center, as indicated by the blue arrows. We’re seeing fewer stars now, and we’re looking into our local spiral arm. The overall effect is that the stars look brighter at this time of year. Artist’s concept via NASA/JPL/Caltech/R.Hurt.

On June, July and August evenings – no matter where you are on Earth – you look toward the galaxy’s center as indicated by the red arrows. On December, January and February evenings, you look away from the center, as indicated by the blue arrows. At this time of year, we’re looking into our local spiral arm. 

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