PLUTO AND THE BLACK CLOUD: This week, Pluto is transiting Barnard 92, an inky black cloud of dust in the constellation Sagittarius. “Just after midnight on the 4th of July, I was able to photograph the beginning of the transit using a 10-inch telescope,” reports Alfredo Garcia Jr. “Pluto was faint but very obvious against the dark background: image.” Experienced astrophotographers are encouraged to follow the dwarf planet as it makes its lonely crossing–and submit your images here.

SS: Scorpio and Sagittarius are the direction of our galactic core known as hunab ku to the mayans. it is from this direction the interstellar winds flow from the galactic center to our solar system bringing with it interstellar dust. A scorpion god (note the tail); possibly read as Ah Tzul (dog?). Shown in the Madrid. Object Pluto Research Page

An image made by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in 2005 shows Pluto and its three moons Charon, Nix and Hydra. Pluto was stripped of its status as a planet August 24, 2006 when astronomers from around the world redefined it as a ‘dwarf planet.’¬† REUTERS/NASA/ESA/H. Weaver-JHU/APL/A. Stern-SwRI/HST Pluto Companion Search Team/Handout