The Southern Cross

Crux Constellation

The Brighter Stars of Crux

Origin of the Constellation

The stars of Crux were known to the ancients. Claudius Ptolemy in the Almagest put the stars of Crux into the rear legs of the constellation of the Centaur.

The Southern Cross was first identified as a separate constellation by European navigators and astronomers of the sixteenth century. The Italian navigator Andreas Corsali described the constellation as being "so fair and beautiful that no other heavenly sign may be compared to it."  


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Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Science,
St. Cloud State University,St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

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