Milky Way Galaxy Patchwork: Volume Autumn & Winter   ---Guide for objects scattered in the Milky Way from Cas. to Pup.

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230° to 260° in Galactic Longitude
Area Canis Major & Puppis

 This is the dimmed Milky Way region in the southern low altitude. Although you can see plenty of open clusters around the constellation Puppis just south of Canis Major, there are few chances to appreciate those because of a haze in lower sky at the northern hemisphere.
 In the wide field covering Puppis and Vera, a gigantic supernova remnant of Gum nebula with a size of 40 by 90 degrees, and this image shows you the very dimmed northern edge of the Gum nebula at just south of Canis Major.
 The Milky Way is getting brighter under the horizon, and connects to the Milky Way in Scorpius by passing through the Southern Cross and Centaurus.

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200° to 230° in Galactic Longitude
Area Monoceros

 The Milky Way region going through the Great Triangle in winter. It's noticeable like the Rosette nebula bathed in the Milky Way and the Barnard's Loop at the bottom.
 There are many bright stars of Orion or Sirius around the west coast of the Milky Way, tilted a little from the galactic equator. And bright stars in summer skies are scattered in the opposite side, it's known that the bright stars in the outskirts of Milky Way form a bit slanted band from the Galaxy. The band is called the "Gould's belt", considered a major evidence that the neighboring stellar-evolution had occurred intensively in a galactic arm tilted from the galactic plane.

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180° to 200° in Galactic Longitude
Area Orion & Gemini

 Around the Milky Way in Gemini and Orion has less dark lanes comparing with the region of next on the right, we can detect the Milky Way in this field as a simple dimmed flow of light. This picture shows you some of small reddish nebulae like the Monkey nebula or the Jerry-fish nebula, and the huge gaseous matters of Orion Association at the bottom.
 In this field the ecliptic is crossing vertically, and this image shows you the extraordinary inconspicuous and round light of the counter glow in the upper Gemini part. The light is scattered sunlight by the fine dusts in the space of solar system.

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140° to 180° in Galactic Longitude
Area Perseus & Auriga

 This area is a bit more southern region from Cassiopeia, equivalent to the galactic longitude of 180 degrees. It tells us that the region is the opposite direction of the central Galaxy, the finer flow in the whole of Milky Way. But it's easy to enjoy the beautiful fine stars and dark nebulae with binoculars at the northern hemisphere because the region lies around the zenith of the heavens.
 You can see the California nebula at the bottom of picture as a striking reddish region. And the unique shaped star-less lanes are surrounding the nebula. It can be said that the region is rich in the inter-stellar clouds by which the dark nebulosities are formed.

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120° to 140° in Galactic Longitude
Area Cassiopeia

 The Milky Way around Cassiopeia is fine, and positioned at the most northern celestial region, the Polar Star (Polaris) is lying at a bit upper outskirts of picture.
 It's one of characteristics that there are plenty of open star clusters enjoyable only with binoculars, and the flow of the Milky Way is getting finer and finer as going to area of winter constellations.

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