Cygnus (constellation)

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Cygnus
Cygnus
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List of stars in Cygnus
Abbreviation: Cyg
Genitive: Cygni
Symbology:
Right ascension: 20.62 h h
Declination: +42.03°
Area: 804 sq. deg. (16th)
Main stars: 9
Bayer/Flamsteed stars: 84
Stars known to have planets: 57
Bright stars: 4
Nearby stars: 1
Brightest star: Deneb (α Cyg) (1.25m)
Nearest star: 61 Cyg ( ly)
Messier objects: 2
Meteor showers: October Cygnids
Kappa Cygnids
Bordering constellations: Cepheus
Draco
Lyra
Vulpecula
Pegasus
Lacerta
Visible at latitudes between +90° and −40°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of September
Cygnus Constellation chart

Cygnus is a constellation in the northern sky. Cygnus means "swan" in Greek.[1] There is a pattern of stars in Cygnus that is called the Northern Cross. This is because the pattern of stars looks like a cross. The constellation Crux (constellation) has a pattern of stars that is called the Southern Cross. The astronomer Ptolemy listed Cygnus in the 2nd century when he made a list of constellations.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Cygnus (swan) also (modern) Northern Cross". Harvard. http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/constellations/cygnus.html. Retrieved 27 Jan 2013.