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Crux Constellation
Constellation Crux

Crux, the Southern Cross (Cru)

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

The naked eye can generally see up to magnitude 6 (magnitude 8 with perfect eyes under ideal super dark-sky conditions).

      1. Meaning:
      2. Southern Cross
      1. Genitive:
      2. Crucis
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. Cru
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Hercules
      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. Exoplanet Host Stars:
      2. 3
      1. X-ray Stars:
      2. 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.

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