Brightest Stars Visible From Chicago: #15

Deneb

Next on the countdown is number 15: DENEB, the brightest star in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan. Deneb represents the tail of the swan. Cygnus is also known as the Northern Cross (if you look at the Stellarium diagram below, you will see why).

Deneb and Cygnus
Deneb, the tail of the swan, is the brightest star in the constellation Cygnus (the Swan)

Deneb is one of the three stars of the Summer Triangle. Not surprisingly, then, it is still a little early in the year to be able to see it. By early June, you will be able to see it as soon as it gets dark after sunset. But for right now, you will need to stay up late–midnight or later–to see it rise in the east.

Next: The lonely fish

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