Cygnus (constellation) facts for kids
The Northern Cross
|Right ascension||20.62 h|
|Area||804 sq. deg. (16th)|
|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)
|Meteor showers||October Cygnids
|Visible at latitudes between +90° and −40°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of September.
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.
Images for kids
The two component stars of Albireo are easily distinguished, even in a small telescope.
In Spanish: Cygnus (constelación) para niños
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