Cygnus, a constellation that lies in the Milky Way between Lyra and Pegasus. It contains the first-magnitude star Deneb. Deneb and four other stars within the constellation form the Northern Cross. Cygnus is named for a character in Greek mythology who was turned into a swan and placed in the heavens by the god Apollo.
Wolves supposedly howl at it, a fairy tale claims a cow once jumped over it and legends say if you look hard enough, there's a man in it. Yes, the moon has a prominent place in popular culture, but there's a lot you might not know about Earth's little orbiting friend. Why doesn't it have soil? Why is its gravity so important? And are we really thinking of going back soon?
We can't defy the odds of an asteroid taking a turn for Earth forever, so the world's astronomers watch the sky. What happens once they spot something?