Cygnus is the swan and is also known as the Northern Cross. In the summer Cygnus is high
overhead and is oriented in the North-South direction. The diagram below shows how Cygnus
will look if you were facing South and looked straight up. This assumes that you live in
the Northern Hemisphere (as in Europe, the North America, Asia, etc.). Place the mouse
arrow over any star in Cygnus to see its name.
Cygnus, the Northern Cross
Another way to find Cygnus is to find the star called Vega. In the summer, Vega appears overhead. It is one
of the brightest stars in the sky and can be seen right after the sun sets. Vega is not part of the Cygnus
constellation, it is part of the constellation called Lyra (see the next section). The diagram in the next
column shows where Vega is in relation to the constellation Cygnus.