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16 Cygni

Altitude: 86.2°   Azimuth: 102.4°   Direction: East-South-East

16 Cygni is a multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Cygnus.

16 Cygni visual magnitude is 5.96. Because of its reltive faintness, 16 Cygni should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 16 Cygni:


16 Cygni is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 86.2°
Azimuth: 102.4°
Direction: East-South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 16 Cygni

16 Cygni is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 16 Cygni are provided in the following table:

19h 41m 48s
+50° 31’ 31”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 16 Cygni in the sky:

Finder chart 16 Cygni star
Simplified finder chart for 16 Cygni.

Visibility of 16 Cygni from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

16 Cygni is circumpolar and transits at 19:24 UTC (altitude: 89.0°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of 16 Cygni

The image below is a photograph of 16 Cygni from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins). The proper motion of 16 Cygni is -0.149 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.153 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 16 Cygni star
DSS2 image of 16 Cygni. The red arrow shows the motion of 16 Cygni during the next 1000 years (-2.48 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.55 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 16 Cygni from the Sun and relative movement

16 Cygni is distant 70.49 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 26 kilometers per second.

21.62 pc
70.49 ly
-26 km/s
-0.149 arcsec/year
-0.153 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 16 Cygni

16 Cygni belongs to spectral class G1 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 16 Cygni is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 16 Cygni. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

16 Cygni star system properties

16 Cygni is a visual double star which can be observed with binoculars or small telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 16 Cygni double sysyem:

39.2 arcsec

Alternative designations of 16 Cygni

Gl 765.1A