The Southern Cross is one of the best known asterisms in the night sky, and the most familiar star pattern in the southern hemisphere. The asterism is one of the easiest to identify in the sky and it has significance in a number of cultures in the southern latitudes.
Composed of five stars forming the shape of a cross, it is the most distinctive feature of the constellation Crux, the smallest constellation in the sky. The Southern Cross is notable for containing two bright stars, Acrux and Gacrux, which point the way to the Southern Celestial Pole.
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