Cygnus Fire, First Aid & Security Alert Alarms » Why Cygnus?
WHERE DID THE NAME CYGNUS COME FROM?
The Cygnus wireless alarm and evacuation system has been named after the constellation Cygnus called Cygnus A which was discovered in 1951 to be one of the strongest radio sources in the sky.
This galaxy was found to be 500 million light years away and was a fantastic discovery. It showed that the process that causes the radio waves to be given off must be colossally powerful, or we should never be able to detect them so far away. In fact the radiation from Cygnus A is about a million times as powerful as that discovered from the milky way by Jansky. Galaxies which are strong sources of radio waves are called radio galaxies and many have been found since the discovery of Cygnus A.
Incedently the constellation Cygnus is formed in a swan shape. The Cygnus being part of the Swan family.
The name and logo are symbols of:
- Excellence (stars are a symbols of achievements)
- Signal strength/Signal distance (the radio waves which reach us from Cygnus have travelled 500 million light years!)
- Reliability/longevity. (Radio waves have been pulsing from Cygnus since before time).