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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.


Cygnus, the Swan

Cygnus, the Swan May 25, 2010

Radio Programs

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

Sadr A case of stellar WYSIWYG October 13, 2014

Cygnus Rising A starry bird and a Mayan king June 29, 2014

Albireo A colorful stellar duo July 5, 2013

Northern Cross A star pattern with a double identity December 22, 2012

Cygnus X-1 A giant star vanishes from view July 31, 2012

Colorful Beak The swan’s colorful beak July 30, 2012

Cygnus A “snowbird” that heads west instead of south July 29, 2012

Featured Images

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