Astronomy Minute

Summer Viewing – Have you ever noticed that the stars seem clearer in the winter sky than the summer sky? I had always thought the summer sky contained more haze and humidity which led to reduced clarity and was recently surprised to learn the real reason. It has to do with our location in the Milky Way Galaxy. As shown in the accompanying illustration, our winter sky looks away from the center of the galaxy, and the summer sky looks towards the center of the galaxy. So,
the reason the summer sky isn’t quite so clear is because of the light pollution… from the stars in our own galaxy. Wow! by Russ Hanson