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

Waking Up A black hole wakes up hungry Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Delta Cygni Spreading out a stellar trio Friday, July 31, 2015
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

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


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