Vul - Vulpecula the Fox

  • Cyg - Cygnus the Swan

    IAU Constellation

    Size

    16 of 88

    Regions

    Intro and Visual description

    Find the bowl of the big dipper and locate the two stars nearest the handle. A line running through these stars, tracing away from it above the open bowl. This line runs to Deneb, the tail of the constellation Cygnus the Swan. With wings abreast, and long neck outstretched, Cygnus flies along the milky river.

    Cygnus is included in the ancient star catalogs of Eudoxos of Knidos, Aratos of Soli, and Ptolemy.

     

  • Del - Delphinus the Dolphin

    IAU Constellation

    Size

    69 of 88

    Regions

    Intro and Visual description

    Located between Pegasus and Aquila, look for four stars in a diamond (also called Job’s Coffin).

    Delphinus is included in the ancient star catalogs of Eudoxos of Knidos, Aratos of Soli, and Ptolemy.

    Delphinus rescued Arion, a singer, after pirates threw him overboard. After Arion rode the dolphin to shore, the pirates were captured and executed.

  • Lyr - Lyra the Harp

    IAU Constellation

    Size

    52 of 88

    Regions

    Intro and Visual description

    The summer triangle consists of Deneb... Altair... and bluish Vega. Vega is the second brightest star in the northern hemisphere, closely rivaling Arcturus. Vega means Swooping Eagle in Arabic. It soars almost directly overhead in summer, while the bright stars of winter nights are hidden almost directly beneath our feet. Look for a small parallelogram of stars near Vega which forms the frame of the harp.

  • Peg - Pegasus the Flying Horse

    Size

    7 of 88

    Regions

    Intro and Visual description

    Farther along on the line from the Pointers to Polaris and Cassiopeia is a large, nearly perfect square of four stars. This is the Great Square of Pegasus. Pegasus, the Winged Horse, lies almost directly overhead in autumn. Located east of Andromeda; signals the coming of Fall. Because Pegasus flies so fast, his hind quarters can’t be seen.

    Pegasus is included in the ancient star catalogs of Eudoxos of Knidos, Aratos of Soli, and Ptolemy.

     

     

    Skylore and Literature:  See Andromeda and Perseus.

  • Sge - Sagitta the Arrow

    IAU Constellation

    Size

    86 of 88

    Regions

    Intro and Visual description

    A small, faint constellation, located in the Milky Way between Aquila and Vulpecula. Arrow-shaped. Shot by Sagittarius. Sagitta is included in the ancient star catalogs of Eudoxos of Knidos, Aratos of Soli, and Ptolemy.

     

    Star Clusters

    M71 (Globular cluster), mag. 7.6.

     

     

  • Vul - Vulpecula the Fox

    IAU Constellation

    Size

    55 of 88

    Regions

    Intro and Visual description

    Located between Cygnus and Aquila, where the Milky Way divides into two branches.

    Contains the first-discovered pulsar (a rapidly-pulsing radio source).

    M27, Dumbbell Nebula (Planetary nebula), mag. 7.6.