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List of stars in Crux
Abbreviation: Cru
Genitive: Crucis
Right ascension: 12.5 h
Declination: −60°
Area: 68 sq. deg. (88th)
Main stars: 4
Bayer/Flamsteed stars: 19
Stars known to have planets: 1
Bright stars: 5
Nearby stars: 0
Brightest star: Acrux (α Cru) (0.87m)
Nearest star: η Cru ( ly)
Messier objects: 0
Meteor showers: Crucids
Bordering constellations: Centaurus
Visible at latitudes between +20° and −90°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of May
The Southern Cross

Crux (IPA: /ˈkrʊks/, Latin: cross), commonly known as the Southern Cross (in contrast to the Northern Cross), is one of the modern constellations. It points to the directions of north, south, east and west. It is the smallest modern constellation. It was first described by the Italian navigator Andrea Corsali in 1515.[1]

In the past, sailors used to use Crux as a means of navigation.

The Southern Cross was used on the flag flown by miners in Ballarat, Victoria, during the rebellion known as the Eureka Stockade. The Southern Cross flag has been used as a symbol of protest in Australia since 1854.

References[change | change source]

  1. Ridpath, Ian. "Crux: The southern cross". Star Tales. Retrieved 28 Jan 2013.