This month’s astronomy article is on yesterday’s APOD (Astronomy Picture Of the Day) by the NASA. It features one of the most famous constellations, Cygnus.
The star on the top of the image is Deneb, the brightest of this area and one of the three that constitutes the Summer Triangle.
Below is the description given by the NASA about this amazing photo :
Crowded with stars and luminous gas clouds along the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy, Cygnus is also home to the dark, obscuring Northern Coal Sack Nebula, extending from Deneb toward the bottom center of the view.
Of course, Deneb itself is the alpha star of Cygnus and is also known to northern hemisphere skygazers for its place in two asterisms — marking the top of the Northern Cross and a vertex of the Summer Triangle.
Source : NASA’s APOD of September 20th, 2007.
Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler