Western Washington University   College of Sciences and Technology   Physics/Astronomy Dept.   Bellingham, WA USA

On the horizon lies the heart of the Milky Way in the direction of Sagitarius, where our galaxy appears the widest and the brightest.

Higher up Corona Borealis is a semicircle of stars located between Hercules and Bootes. The name represents the crown that Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos of Crete, wore at her wedding.

With summer comes the Perseids, the most famous of all meteor showers. The earliest record of its activity appears in the records of Chinese astronomers, where it is said that in 36 AD "More than 100 flew thither in the morning."

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