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Here is the view toward the northeast in mid-evening in the month of May.
It is by looking in this direction that you can get a good look at Deneb: the bright star below and to the left of Vega on the sky’s dome.
Deneb is the brightest star in the constellation Cygnus the Swan. If you look at the pattern indicated on today’s chart, you might be able to imagine Deneb as the point marking the tail of a swan flying toward the south. This is how early Arabian stargazers saw it. The name Deneb comes from the Arabic and means “tail.”
However, there is another way to see this pattern of stars that works equally well. In more modern skylore, this pattern is sometimes called the Northern Cross, with Deneb marking the head of the Cross. Cross or Swan . . .this is a lovely pattern to pick out on the sky’s dome.
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