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26 Cygni

Altitude: 55.7°   Azimuth: 69.9°   Direction: East-North-East

26 Cygni is a multiple bright giant star in the constellation of Cygnus.

26 Cygni visual magnitude is 5.05. Because of its reltive faintness, 26 Cygni should be visible only from locations with dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of 26 Cygni is 0.019 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.004 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 26 Cygni star
DSS2 image of 26 Cygni. The red arrow shows the motion of 26 Cygni during the next 10000 years (3.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and 0.67 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 26 Cygni

Bright giant

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

Altitude: 55.7°
Azimuth: 69.9°
Direction: East-North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 26 Cygni

26 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 26 Cygni are provided in the following table:

20h 01m 21s
+50° 06’ 16”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 26 Cygni in the sky:

Finder chart 26 Cygni star
Simplified finder chart for 26 Cygni.

Visibility of 26 Cygni from your location

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

26 Cygni is circumpolar and transits at 09:30 UTC (altitude: 88.6°)

Distance of 26 Cygni from the Sun and relative movement

26 Cygni is distant 428.95 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 1 kilometers per second.

131.58 pc
428.95 ly
1 km/s
0.019 arcsec/year
0.004 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 26 Cygni

26 Cygni belongs to spectral class K1 and has a luminosity class of II corresponding to a bright giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 26 Cygni is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 26 Cygni. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

26 Cygni star system properties

26 Cygni is a visual double star which can be observed with binoculars or small telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 26 Cygni double sysyem:

41.8 arcsec

Alternative designations of 26 Cygni