Crux: The Southern CrossPronunciation: CRUCKS/CROOKS
|Crux Constellation Profile|
|Abbreviation: Cru||Genitive: Crucis|
|Origin: Ancient||Location: Southern Hemisphere|
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|Bordering Constellations: Musca, Circinus, Centaurus|
The Myth Behind the Constellation CruxCrux, “The Sothern Cross” is a modern creation. In ancient times it was considered part of Centaurus. It first appeared in its modern form on the globe of Petrus Plancius in 1598 and Johann Bayer included it in his Uranometria of 1603.
Crux Constellation Points of InterestInteresting stars and objects.
Bright Stars in CruxThese are the stars in Crux with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.
|Acrux||Alpha Crucis||0.77||Blue-White||29,703 suns||321 ly|
|Mimosa, Becrux||Beta Crucis||1.25||Blue||21,135 suns||352 ly|
|Gacrux||Gamma Crucis||1.59||Red||1,316 suns||88 ly|
|Delta Crucis||Delta Crucis||2.79||Blue-White||3,231 suns||364 ly|