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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.

Resources

Cygnus, the Swan

Cygnus, the Swan May 25, 2010

Featured Images

Artist's concept of Cygnus X-1

Bad Neighbor July 11, 2019

Albireo

Colorful Beak July 28, 2018

Artist's concept of extrasolar planet Kepler 78b, an Earth-sized world

Hot Rock October 31, 2013

Artist's concept of Cygnus X-1, with X-ray image shown in inset

Powerhouse August 1, 2012

Infrared view of starbirth in the vast nebula complex Cygnus X

Busy Nursery January 13, 2012

Radio Programs

Cygnus X-1 A giant star vanishes from view July 11, 2019

Cygnus The impressive heart of the swan July 10, 2019

Northern Cross Tracing the spine of the Milky Way January 6, 2019

61 Cygni Zeroing in on a nearby star August 4, 2018

Albireo The swan’s colorful beak July 28, 2018

16 Cygni Two Sun-like stars in a single system July 3, 2018

Holiday Skies A beautiful sky for a holiday night December 24, 2017

V404 Cygni A binge-eating black hole September 1, 2017

Delta Cygni Spreading out a stellar trio July 31, 2017

Vanishing Planets Doomed planets around a dying star July 27, 2017

Future Fireworks Getting ready for some fireworks June 29, 2017

Northern Cross A stellar swan becomes a cross December 25, 2016

16 Cygni A pair of old stellar neighbors November 6, 2016

Messier 39 Taking a wider view of a star cluster September 4, 2016

Sadr A supergiant with a rare tint August 9, 2016

Waking Up A black hole wakes up hungry September 14, 2015

Delta Cygni Spreading out a stellar trio July 30, 2015