It always overlies the Milky Way (seen in the diagram as a light blue hazy ribbon running up the left edge) and is accompanied by the two bright starts sometimes called the Pointers . The brightest star in the constellation is the blue supergiant Rigel that represents the left foot of the giant Orion according to Greek mythology. The Southern Cross is a good indicator ad you can still se Orion. Major luminaries forever concealed from view for Canadians, Americans, and Europeans include the nearest bright star (Alpha Centauri), the night’s second brightest (Canopus) and the Southern Cross. Earlier, Crux was deemed an asterism when Bayer created it in Uranometria (1603) from the stars in the hind legs of Centaurus, decreasing the size of Centaur. By matching the positions of the stars either in real life or on Stellarium, I was able to figure out something of how the Southern Cross is used. You probably observed the three luminaries of Orion’s Belt before anything else. The Southern Cross should be easy to find and never really sets—although in (the southern hemisphere’s) summer, it can be right down on the horizon. Orion's Belt. Strangely, the star is named Beta Orionis even though it is the brightest star. Joined 14 Feb 2007 Messages 24,712 Location Essex. If you follow an imaginary line down through Orion's Belt it will take you to the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius, follow the line up in the southern hemisphere.
We get to see two different constellations measured: Crux (the Southern Cross), and Orion. Orion’s belt, straddling the equator like a diplomat, is displayed around the world. It is at a distance of 860 light years from us and radiates 85 000 times as much energy as our Sun. Orion's Belt is one of the most familiar asterisms in the night sky, along with the Big Dipper and the Southern Cross. 27 Nov 2016 #6 johnalison Well-known member. The Southern Cross is an asterism by name, but the whole area is now recognised as the constellation Crux.
Orion's Belt is one of the most famous constellations, and it is part of the Hunter constellation. ... (the Magellanic clouds) and the Southern Cross. The Southern Cross is separate to that. The main stars are Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and arguably also Epsilon Crucis. ... southern sky. The Southern Cross is a major constellation in the sky of the southern hemisphere. Southern Cross. Last edited: 27 Nov 2016.
It is formed by three massive, bright stars located in our galaxy, in the direction of the constellation Orion, the Hunter: Alnilam, Alnitak and Mintaka. Most kids notice it even before the Big Dipper or, in places Down Under, the Southern Cross. It can be seen in the night sky throughout the southern hemisphere of the Earth and in the southern part of the northern hemisphere, below latitude 30. But Orion the Hunter, which straddles the equator like a diplomat, is visible around the world. The constellation Crux (also known as the asterism of the Southern Cross) is easily visible from the southern hemisphere at practically any time of year. Submitted by Nancy on December 11, 2018 - … It is a part of the constellation of Orion.