A supergiantstar with a bluish-white colour, Deneb is noted as being one of the most luminousstars known. It generates at least 50,000 times as much light energy as the Sun, and perhaps a great deal more. With Vega and Altair it forms the great Summer Triangle formation of northern skies.
* Deneb's distance from the Sun is not known with certainty, but the figure given here of some 2,600 light years is currently generally accepted, based on various methods of calculation. The star'sparallax (the most usual basis of a distance calculation) is 2.31, giving a rather shorter distance of about 1,500 light years, though the fact that Deneb is a pulsating variable means that the parallax method is not considered entirely reliable in this particular case.