|Pronunciation||//, genitive //|
|Area||68 sq. deg. (88th)|
|Stars with planets||2|
|Stars brighter than 3.00m||5|
|Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly)||0|
|Brightest star||Acrux (α Cru) (0.87m)|
|Visible at latitudes between +20° and −90°.|
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of May.
Crux (IPA: /ˈkrʊks/), commonly known as the Southern Cross, is a constellation that can be seen by people in the Southern Hemisphere. Its four brightest stars are in the shape of a cross. The name Crux is the Latin word for a cross. It is a small constellation, but the four main stars are bright, so the cross shape is easily seen in the sky. Each of the four stars has an apparent visual magnitude brighter than +2.8. The four stars point approximately in the directions of north, south, east and west.
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References[change | change source]
- Ridpath, Ian. "Crux: The southern cross". Star Tales. Retrieved 28 January 2013.