It’s high summer and the famous Summer Triangle is rising high in the evening sky.
The Summer Triangle is not a constellation, but is an easily recognizable trio of bright stars. It also outlines the Star Bible theme of Genesis 3:15: The Seed of Woman will be bruised in the heel and will crush the head of the Serpent. The first member is Deneb, meaning â€œThe Lord Comesâ€, which is located in the constellation Cygnus (The Swan and also the Northern Cross). Second is Altair, meaning â€œThe Woundingâ€, in the constellation Aquila (The Eagle), which speaks to the â€œBruisingâ€ of the Seed of Woman. Finally comes Vega, meaning â€œHe Shall Be Exaltedâ€, in Lyra (The Harp) which tells of the victory of Christ, The Seed of Woman.
Hidden within the Summer Triangle is an invisible celestial treat, a black hole known as X-1 Cygnus. Modern Astronomy tells us that this black hole is the remains of a supernova which exploded and then collapsed into a black hole. Ancient Chinese astronomers pinpointed the supernova to the Spring 5 BC, at the time of the birth of Christ. The Chinese recorded its longitude as being the in same area as Altair, but it was another group of astronomers who pinpointed its latitude. Those astronomers, whom we call the Magi, positioned X-I Cygnus directly above Bethlehem (Matthew 2:9). It is the remains of the Star of Bethlehem. Â
Just after dark the Summer Triangle will be high in the Eastern sky. Vega, the brightest of the Summer Triangle stars and the fifth brightest Star in the Heavens, will be just to the East of the Zenith point. Deneb is North East of Vega, and Altair is to the South East of Vega. The black hole X-1 Cygnus is located in the Northern Cross at the point corresponding to the place on Christâ€™s cross where He was Bruised in the heel by a Roman nail.
The Summer Triangle is visible for nearly half a year in the evening hours. We recommended that you get familiar with it now and revisit it like an old friend.
And donet forget to tell your old friends about the story of Christ who came, suffered and was exalted, as encapsulated in Deneb, Altair, and Vega.