About Cygnus/X

Why the name?

This is by far the most common question I get asked about this server. The answer is rather simple actually.

There are four main reasons I chose the name Cygnus/X:

  1. It sounds cool (most important for a server)
  2. It's somewhat significant
  3. The Cygnus X region contains one of the first black holes discovered: Cygnus X-1 (hence the logo)
  4. It's around 4.35184307 × 1016 kilometers away (just thought I'd throw that in there)

From Wikipedia:
Cygnus-X is a massive star formation region located in the constellation of Cygnus at a distance from the Sun of 1.4 kiloparsecs (4,600 light years)...[and] located behind the Cygnus Rift. As studies done with the help of the Spitzer Space Telescope have shown, Cygnus-X has a size of 200 parsecs and contains the largest number of massive protostars as well as the largest stellar association (Cygnus OB2, with up to 2600 stars [with] mass of up to 105 solar masses) within a radius of 2 kiloparsecs of the Sun. It's also associated with one of the largest molecular clouds known, with a mass of 3 million solar masses. Its stellar population includes a large number of early-type stars as well as evolved massive stars such as Luminous blue variable candidates, Wolf-Rayet stars, and supergiant stars of spectral types O and B.

Cygnus X-1 (abbreviated Cyg X-1) is a well-known galactic X-ray source and black hole candidate in the constellation Cygnus. It was discovered in 1964 during a rocket flight and is one of the strongest X-ray sources seen from Earth... Cygnus X-1 was the first X-ray source widely accepted to be a black hole candidate and it remains among the most studied astronomical objects in its class. It is now estimated to have a mass about 14.8 times the mass of the Sun and has been shown to be too compact to be any known kind of normal star or other likely object besides a black hole. If so, the radius of its event horizon is about 44 km.

Cygnus X-1 was the subject of a friendly scientific wager between physicists Stephen Hawking and Kip Thorne in 1974, with Hawking betting that it was not a black hole. He conceded the bet in 1990 after observational data had strengthened the case that there was indeed a black hole in the system. This hypothesis has not been confirmed due to a lack of direct observation but has generally been accepted from indirect evidence.

The owner

My name is Will. I'm just a kid from Florida who loves computers and music (especially the guitar.) I mainly enjoy programming and vintage computing, but I also do a little web design on the side.