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Hubble's Slice of Sagittarius

This stunning image, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), shows part of the sky in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). The region is rendered in exquisite detail - deep red and bright blue stars are scattered across the frame, set against a background of thousands of more distant stars and galaxies.
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EOTS: A look at Sagittarius

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Sagittarius, the archer, is often imagined as a centaur: half-man and half-horse. Ancient Greeks and Romans often confused Sagittarius with Centaurus, a constellation farther to the southwest.
Yet the origin of Sagittarius may have come much earlier than this; the stellar figure seems to personify the Archer Nergal, a god of war inscribed on ancient Sumerian cuneiform tablets. The Archer is even included as a "horse's head," or "horseman," in the 3,000-year-old zodiac of India. The human part of the figure is depicted by a fan made of a lion's tails and owned by the wife of an Indian monarch.

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Constellation Sagittarius
Exposure: 10 seconds
Date: Thursday 28 June 2007 03:11 UTC

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