Cygnus as depicted by Johann Bayer in his Uranometria (1624). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
|Cygnus Constellation Profile
|Location: Northern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 804 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 16
|On Meridian: 9pm September 10th
||Best View (North): Summer
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Cepheus, Draco, Lyra, Vulpecula, Pegasus, Lacerta
The Myth Behind the Constellation Cygnus
Cygnus, “The Swan” is connected with several myths. In one of the more popular ones, Cygnus is Zeus. To seduce Leda, wife of Tyndareus, king of Sparta, Zeus took the form of a swan. The offspring from this union were Polydeuces and Castor, who are represented by the constellation Gemini, and the beautiful Helen (Helen of Troy).
Cygnus Constellation Points of Interest
|Interesting Objects in the Constellation Cygnus
Bright Stars in Cygnus
These are the stars in Cygnus with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.