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The Southern Cross is a colloquial name for Crux, the smallest of the 88 modern constellations. It is often used for navigation, to find south (the north celestial pole is marked by a single star, the North Star, but the south celestial pole is not). Crux helped guide early European explorers of the Southern Hemisphere. "To see the entire Southern Cross, you must be south of latitude 25° north, about the latitude of Key West, Florida . . . There the cross stands just above the southern horizon in mid-May" (Chartrand III , p. 500).


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