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Cygnus

Quick Facts

Name:Cygnus
SIG-nuss
Meaning:Swan
Abbreviation:Cyg
Genitive:Cygni
Visible in Latitudes:90° thru -40°
Viewing Season:Summer
Best Seen In:September, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:August 1
Right Ascension:20.62 hours
Declination:42.0 degrees
Area:803.983 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Cygnus

About Cygnus

Cygnus, the Swan, is visible in the Northern Hemisphere from June through October.

Cygnus is sometimes identified with Cycnus, the son of Mars, who was transformed at the river Padus and transported to the sky. A more popular version of the story is that the swan is Orpheus, who was killed by Achilles at the battle of Troy and placed in the stars near his beloved harp (Lyra).

Named Stars

 
NameStar
DenebAlpha Cyg
AlbireoBeta 1 Cyg
SadrGamma Cyg
Gienah CygniEpsilon Cyg
AzelfafagePi 1 Cyg
RuchbaOmega 2 Cyg

Messier Objects

 
NameType
M29Open Cluster
M39Open Cluster

Neighboring Constellations

CepheusLyra
DracoPegasus
LacertaVulpecula
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