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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  (0.87m)
      1. Stars with planets:
      2. 3
      1. X-ray stars:
      2. 4 (2 binaries) stars
      1. Other:
      2. Symbiotic star

    * 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).