Chi Cygni Approaches Maximum

Chi Cygni is a favourite long-period variable on the SPA programme and it is due to reach maximum at the end of January. It has already reached the sixth magnitude, so should be easily seen in binoculars. It may even be visible to the naked eye from dark sky sites.

Unfortunately, from the UK, Cygnus is very low in the western sky as night is falling, and after sunset, there will only be an interval of a couple of hours in which to make some observations.

If you’re able to observe in the early evening, then please send any observations to the SPA.