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Deneb - White, Hot Supergiant

What's in a Name: Arabic for "tail" because it is located in the tail of the Cygnus, the Swan.
Claim to Fame: 19th brightest star in the sky (apparent visual magnitude = 1.3)
Type of Star: White Supergiant (A2 1a Spectral Class)
How Far Away: 1800 light years away
How Big: 60 times the sun's diameter, 30 times the sun's mass
How Bright: 60,000 times the sun's visible luminosity (Mv =-7.2)
Where to View: Located in Cygnus the Swan, also called the Northern Cross (Star Map).
When to View: June through November from northern middle latitudes.

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