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Crux Constellation
Constellation Crux the Southern Cross Star Map

Crux, the Southern Cross (Cru)


The constellation of Crux, the Southern Cross, is best viewed in Spring during the month of May. It's brightest star is Acrux at magnitude 0.87. The boundary of the Crux constellation contains 3 stars that host known exoplanets.

      1. Pronunciation:
      2. crucks
      1. Meaning:
      2. Southern Cross
      1. Genitive:
      2. Crucis
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. Cru
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Hercules
      1. Hemisphere:
      2. Southern
      1. Quadrant:
      2. SQ3
      1. Best viewing month*:
      2. May
      1. Circumpolar** (N=northern, S=southern):
      2. S
      1. Right Ascension (avg):
      2. 12h 29m
      1. Declination (avg):
      2. -60° 18'
      1. Brightest star:
      2. Acrux  (0.87)
      1. Stars with planets:
      2. 3
      1. X-ray stars:
      2. 4 (2 binaries) stars

    Star Clusters in Crux

    The most notable, famous, and easy-to-find star clusters in the constellation Crux :

        1. Star cluster
        2. Catalog #
        3. Cluster type

      Nebulae in Crux

      The most notable, famous, and easy-to-find nebulae in the constellation Crux:

          1. Nebula name
          2. Catalog #
          3. Nebula type

        Neutron Stars in Crux

        These are the most well-known neutron stars in the constellation Crux. Although neutron stars cannot be seen in any amateur telescope, they are at the center of many supernova remnant nebulae, which can be seen.

            1. Neutron star
            2. Type

          Exoplanets in Crux

          These are the most notable named exoplanet systems known in the constellation Crux. Bear in mind that we will likely discover billions of exoplanets in the years to come.

              1. Host star name
              2. Exoplanet name

            * For southern latitudes, flip the season listed. For example, if a constellation is listed as best viewed in the summer in the month of July, in the southern hemisphere the constellation would be best viewed in the winter in January and would be upside-down.

            ** Circumpolar constellations are visible year-round in the hemisphere listed (and not at all in the opposite).