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One of the most prominent constellations of the northern sky, Cygnus contains numerous objects of interest. It is situated in a rich area of the Milky Way and represents a swan, the disguise adopted by the Greek god Zeus for one of his illicit seductions. Its main stars are arranged in the shape of a giant cross, hence its popular alternative name of the Northern Cross. Deneb, its brightest star, lies in the tail of the swan (or at the top of the cross, depending how the constellation is visualized). Deneb forms one corner of the northern Summer Triangle of stars, completed by Vega and Altair.


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