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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
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clear_day Transit: 12:10  
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ζ Cygni (zeta Cygni)

Altitude: 64.2°   Azimuth: 222.0°   Direction: South-West

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

ζ Cygni visual magnitude is 3.2. Because of its moderate brightness, ζ Cygni should be easily visible from locations with dark skies, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of ζ Cygni is 0.001 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.056 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ζ Cygni (zeta Cygni) star
DSS2 image of ζ Cygni. The red arrow shows the motion of ζ Cygni during the next 10000 years (0.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and -9.33 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about ζ Cygni


ζ Cygni (zeta Cygni) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 64.2°
Azimuth: 222.0°
Direction: South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ζ Cygni

ζ 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 ζ Cygni are provided in the following table:

21h 12m 56s
+30° 13’ 36”

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

Finder chart ζ Cygni (zeta Cygni) star
Simplified finder chart for ζ Cygni (zeta Cygni).

Visibility of ζ 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 ζ Cygni (zeta 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: 59.8°
Max altitude: 68.7°
Azimuth: 300.2°

Distance of ζ Cygni from the Sun and relative movement

ζ Cygni is distant 150.79 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 17 kilometers per second.

46.25 pc
150.79 ly
17 km/s
0.001 arcsec/year
-0.056 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ζ Cygni

ζ Cygni belongs to spectral class G8 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

ζ Cygni star system properties

ζ 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 ζ Cygni double sysyem:

91.2 arcsec

Alternative designations of ζ Cygni

ζ Cygni
(zeta Cygni)