Acrux - α1 Crucis (alpha1 Crucis)
Acrux, also designated as α1 Crucis (alpha1 Crucis), is a multiple hypergiant star in the constellation of Crux.
Acrux visual magnitude is 1.33. Thanks to its high brightness, Acrux is clearly visible when observed from locations with dark skyes, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.
The table below summarizes the key facts about Acrux:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Acrux
Acrux is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern emisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of Acrux are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Acrux in the sky:
Visibility of Acrux from your location
Acrux - α1 Crucis (alpha1 Crucis) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Digitized Sky Survey image of Acrux
The image below is a photograph of Acrux from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins). The proper motion of Acrux is -0.036 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.012 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Acrux from the Sun and relative movement
Acrux is distant 320.55 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 11 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Acrux
Acrux belongs to spectral class B0 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a hypergiant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Acrux is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Acrux star system properties
Acrux is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the Acrux double sysyem: