How to Find the Swan Constellation


The Swan constellation, or Cygnus, is a Northern constellation which makes up part of the 88 modern constellations. The Swan is one of the easier to spot constellations, as it flies south along the path of the Milky Way. If you are unfamiliar with the Swan, find it by identifying some of its key features.

Things You'll Need

  • Star maps (optional)
  • Look for the Swan constellation in the evening sky during the summer and autumn months if you live in the north. The swan is most visible in the month of September, but is visible for several months between the latitudes of +90 and -40.

  • Use your knowledge of the sky or recruit the help of star maps to help you find the large stars in the swan constellation, which are visible to the naked eye.

  • Search for the bowl of the Big Dipper, and then move your eyes to the two stars closest to its handle. Form an imaginary line that connects these two stars and follow it up to the star Deneb, which marks the tail of the Swan constellation.

  • Find the Summer Triangle formed by Deneb and 2 other brightly shining stars. While Deneb makes the tip of the Swan's tail, the northeastern vertex up to Deneb makes the length of the Swan's tail.

  • Follow the tail up along the edge of the Milky way and look for a cross shape, as the Swan is also known as the Northern Cross. Deneb is the bottom star while 3 others make the head and the tips of the wings.

  • See one of the most beautiful of all double stars, Albireo, which makes the beak of the Swan. Albireo is made up of one gold star and one sapphire blue star, meaning that it shines a unique color that is quite easy to find as part of the Swan constellation.

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