SH001 – Find the Lagoon Nebula, the Trifid Nebula, and M22

In Episode SH001 of Star Hopping…

We’re looking into the Sagittarius region, and will use our star hopping methods to find M8, M20, and M22.

I’m super excited to announce and release our new astronomy tutorial series on YouTube, called “Star Hopping”! In this series that will come out with a new episode every two weeks, I’ll show you how to locate three new deep sky objects, using star charts and presentation graphics.

I’m trying to get our YouTube channel moving, so I’d really appreciate lots of likes, subscribes, and shares on YouTube, from our readership here. I’d greatly appreciate your help!

I’ve kind of raised the bar on the quality level, to try to make it a broadcast-quality production. Hopefully I can keep that up! I’ll post new episodes here. I’d love to hear your feedback here and on YouTube.


Well lucky for us, we’re starting off in one of the best times of year to look for some beautiful and relatively bright deep sky objects. Late summer nights begin with the Milky Way appearing straight overhead. If you’re in a place away from city lights, you can look straight up and see a glow that extends from the northeastern sky the whole way down to the southern horizon. This glow is caused by the collective light of millions of stars in our own Galaxy: The Milky Way. Seen from far above, the Milky Way would look something like this galaxy, and we live about halfway out in one of the spiral arms. When you look toward the deep southern sky, the Milky Way appears brighter. That’s because you are looking across the spiral arms toward the core of our galaxy…

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Credits for this Episode

  • Star Chart Images & Simulations Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy
  • Lagoon Nebula image by David Hearn / Kissimmee Park Observatory
  • Triffid Nebula image by David Hearn / Kissimmee Park Observatory
  • M22 image by Bob Birket

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