Glossary term: Southern Cross
Description: The Southern Cross is the common name for the southern hemisphere constellation Crux. It has five stars visible to the naked eye forming a long cross, is compact and easily recognized. Crux covers the smallest area of the celestial sphere of any of the 88 official constellations. The brightest star, ⍺ Crucis is a triple star system whilst β Crucis is a cepheid variable. Crux also contains a stunning open cluster, the Jewel Box (NGC 4755). Crux can be used to help find south and the South Celestial Pole. It is represented on the flags of Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Samoa.Related Terms:
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