Gacrux - γ Crucis (gamma Crucis)
Gacrux, also designated as γ Crucis (gamma Crucis), is a variable and multiple giant star in the constellation of Crux.
Gacrux visual magnitude is 1.63, making it the 23th brightest star in the sky. Thanks to its high brightness, Gacrux 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 Gacrux:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Gacrux
Gacrux 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 Gacrux are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Gacrux in the sky:
Visibility of Gacrux from your location
Gacrux - γ Crucis (gamma Crucis) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Digitized Sky Survey image of Gacrux
The image below is a photograph of Gacrux 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 Gacrux is 0.023 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.262 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Gacrux from the Sun and relative movement
Gacrux is distant 87.89 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 21 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Gacrux
Gacrux belongs to spectral class M3 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Gacrux is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Gacrux star system properties
Gacrux 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 Gacrux double sysyem: