n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Sky delights : another cross




It cannot be otherwise: if the southern starry skies have a cross (the constellation Southern Cross) then of course one also has to be found in the northern skies. Isn't that the way our human minds work?

Well, a cross can indeed be found in the north - in the star combination of the constellation Cygnus. And the Northern Cross can definitely boast with some exceptional objects within the constellation, which is found in the lower reaches of the Milky Way. What I always find interesting is the way nicknames are given to deep-sky objects, and particularly by northern amateurs. Cygnus, therefore, has no shortage of objects that boast an array of nicknames in abundance. Cygnus is better known as the Swan, and appears to represent some flying bird or other.


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