Crux

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Crux
Constellation
Crux
AbbreviationCru
GenitiveCrucis
Pronunciation/krʌks/, genitive /ˈkrsɪs/
SymbolismSouthern Cross
Right ascension 12.5h
Declination−60°
QuadrantSQ3
Area68 sq. deg. (88th)
Main stars4
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
19
Stars with planets2
Stars brighter than 3.00m5
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly)0
Brightest starAcrux (α Cru) (0.87m)
Messier objects0
Meteor showersCrucids
Bordering
constellations
Centaurus
Musca
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.