For the Observer
Southern Circumpolar Skies
Beta Crux (12h44m.8 -59°25') has a magnitude of 1.28 and is a class B0 star. It is about 490 light years distant and is more than 5800 times more luminous than the Sun. It is a pulsating variable and has an 11th magnitude companion.
Gamma Crux (12h28m.4 -56°50) has a magnitude of 1.6 and is a class M3 star, 220 light years away. The star is a red giant similar to Antares.
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