Cygnus, the Swan

A constellation best seen overhead during summer evenings. Its brightest stars form a pattern that looks like a crucifix, so the constellation is also known as the Northern Cross. Its brightest star, Deneb, forms a point of the large Summer Triangle.


Cygnus, the Swan The brightest stars of Cygnus form a cross, so...

Radio Programs

Sadr A case of stellar WYSIWYG Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Cygnus Rising A starry bird and a Mayan king Monday, June 30, 2014
Albireo A colorful stellar duo Saturday, July 6, 2013
Northern Cross A star pattern with a double identity Sunday, December 23, 2012
Cygnus X-1 A giant star vanishes from view Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Colorful Beak The swan’s colorful beak Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Cygnus A “snowbird” that heads west instead of south Monday, July 30, 2012
V404 Cygni A dark star system that puts on a show Sunday, August 14, 2011
61 Cygni Possible homes for neighbors Saturday, August 13, 2011
Cygnus-X A bright, busy stellar neighborhood Thursday, August 11, 2011
More Deneb Too many targets, not enough time Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Deneb Nagging questions about a giant star Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Cygnus The impressive heart of the swan Monday, August 8, 2011
Nova Cygni 1975 A temporary tail feather for the swan Sunday, August 29, 2010
CTB 102 A giant but hidden stellar nursery Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Albireo Doubling up a stellar beauty Friday, August 28, 2009
16 Cygni A good target in the hunt for planets Thursday, August 27, 2009
Cygnus OB2 Lighting up some dark clouds Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Deneb A star loses some of its luster Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Cygnus The celestial swan flies high Monday, August 24, 2009
Searching for Earths Staring at the Summer Triangle Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Featured Images

Artist's concept of extrasolar planet Kepler 78b, an Earth-sized world
Hot Rock Thursday, October 31, 2013
Artist's concept of Cygnus X-1, with X-ray image shown in inset
Powerhouse Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Infrared view of starbirth in the vast nebula complex Cygnus X
Busy Nursery Friday, January 13, 2012
A Wispy Swan Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Staring Into Space Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Stellar Odd Couple Thursday, November 6, 2008
Thrown for a Loop Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Beautiful in Death Thursday, August 23, 2007


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