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An image of the summer sky (in the Northern Hemisphere) by William Peck, F.R.A.S., from his book, The constellations and how to find them; 13 maps, showing the position of the constellations in the sky during each month of any year….
In 1887, this was a good way to learn about the sky. It hasn’t changed much since then, but we see a lot less because of all the electric streetlights and security lights and lights left on in our windows.
That smoky trail of the Milky Way is still up there somewhere, though.