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υ Cygni (upsilon Cygni)

Altitude: 32.0°   Azimuth: 287.4°   Direction: West-North-West

υ Cygni is a variable and multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Cygnus.

υ Cygni visual magnitude is 4.43. Because of its moderate brightness, υ Cygni should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about υ Cygni:


υ Cygni (upsilon Cygni) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 32.0°
Azimuth: 287.4°
Direction: West-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of υ Cygni

υ 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 υ Cygni are provided in the following table:

21h 17m 55s
+34° 53’ 48”

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

Finder chart υ Cygni (upsilon Cygni) star
Simplified finder chart for υ Cygni (upsilon Cygni).

Visibility of υ Cygni from your location

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

Today's υ Cygni (upsilon Cygni) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 55.1°
Max altitude: 73.4°
Azimuth: 304.9°

Digitized Sky Survey image of υ Cygni

The image below is a photograph of υ 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 υ Cygni is 0.014 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.002 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of υ Cygni (upsilon Cygni) star
DSS2 image of υ Cygni. The red arrow shows the motion of υ Cygni during the next 10000 years (2.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -0.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of υ Cygni from the Sun and relative movement

υ Cygni is distant 900.55 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 4 kilometers per second.

276.24 pc
900.55 ly
4 km/s
0.014 arcsec/year
-0.002 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of υ Cygni

υ Cygni belongs to spectral class B2 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

υ Cygni star system properties

υ Cygni is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the υ Cygni double sysyem:

15.3 arcsec

Alternative designations of υ Cygni

υ Cygni
(upsilon Cygni)