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Gienah

Gienah Cygni, Epsilon Cygni, 53 Cygni

Proper NamesGienah, Gienah Cygni
Bayer DesignationEpsilon Cygni
Flamsteed Number53 Cygni
HR (BSC)7949
HD197989
ConstellationCygnus
Right Ascension20h 46m 13s
Declination+33° 58' 13"
Distance72 light years
22 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +2.5
Absolute: +0.8
Spectral ClassK0 Orange Giant
Optimum VisibilityAugust
NotesThe name Gienah means 'wing', and Cygnus the Swan is the not the only bird-constellation to have a star with this name. The other is Corvus, the Crow, whose Gamma star is also named Gienah. The two are sometimes designated Gienah Cygni and Gienah Corvi to avoid confusion.

One of two stars (the other being Delta Cygni) that together define the outstretched wings of Cygnus the Swan. Gienah is a triple star almost eighty light years from the Sun.

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