© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2014
Size: 2000 px

The constellation of Crux is the smallest yet one of the most distinctive of the 88 modern constellations. Its name is Latin for cross, and it is dominated by a cross-shaped asterism that is commonly known as the Southern Cross. Although visible to the Ancient Greeks, it was seen as part of the constellation Centaurus, and not defined or accurately mapped till the 16th century. The blue-white Alpha Crucis is the constellation's brightest star and the bottom star of the cross. Nearly as bright are Beta and Gamma, while Delta and Epsilon make up the asterism. Many of the constellation's brighter stars are members of the Scorpius–Centaurus Association, a loose group of hot blue-white stars that appear to share a common origin and motion across the Milky Way. Crux also contains the Jewel Box, a bright open cluster, and the most prominent dark nebula in the sky - the Coalsack Nebula.

Image details


Center of field RA 12:33:11 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE -61:14:39 (deg:m:s)
Size 19.2 x 12.8 (deg)
Pixel scale: 34.5 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is -78.1 degrees E of N
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Optic(s): 70 mm Canon lens @ 3.5
Mount: Meade LX75
Camera: Canon 60 Da
Filters: -
Dates/Times: 26 August 2014
Location: Namibia-TIVOLI ASTROFARM, S 23° 27' 40,9" / E 18° 01' 02,2"
Exp. Details: 10 x 180 sec @ ISO 1600
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Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2014. All Rights Reserved
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