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Cygnus
Constellation
Abbreviation Cyg
Genitive Cygni
Pronunciation genitive
Symbolism swan,
The Northern Cross
Right ascension 20.62 h
Declination +42.03
Quadrant NQ4
Area 804 sq. deg. (16th)
Main stars 9
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
84
Stars with planets 57
Stars brighter than 3.00m 4
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 1
Brightest star Deneb (α Cyg) (1.25m)
Nearest star 61 Cyg
(11.36 ly, 3.48 pc)
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 IAU
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Cygnus is a constellation in the northern sky. Cygnus means "swan" in Greek. 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.

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