Cygnus

 

The famous Cygnus isn't exactly the best star sign in the summer. At least, that's what those horologists who use the zodiac to predict the future say. But the North Star (the source of many meteor showers) can be viewed nearly as accurately as any other star in the sky, if you're at the right time and place. In fact, there are few things that give a better view of our planet than a fully paid attention to the North Star, with or without a telescope. If you're lucky enough to live where the North Star is easily seen every night, then the stars and constellations won't disappointing.

Cygnus is an ordinary southern constellation in the plane of our Milky Way, derived from the Latinized Greek term for swan. Cygnus actually has three major components, with each of them designated by a star in the skies. Denebola, the brightest of all the stars in this constellation, is called the Swan of Cygnus, while Dysmnus is the Dancer of Cygnus. These two celestial bodies together make up the largest part of Cygnus, making it the most important star in the sky by far.

The second component of Cygnus, the Great Bear, is also known as Scattered Light, or Spleen or Spiral Wind. The Great Bear itself consists of five objects, each of which is associated with a different element. The element associated with the Spleen is Triton, while the element associated with Wind is Air. The emission nebula is an irregularly shaped, faint object containing numerous stars. This nebula is actually an emission of light from somewhere very close to the surface of Cygnus, and is therefore not as bright as it's cousins.