The Crow and the Southern Cross

The constellations Corvus the Crow and Crux the Southern Cross cross the sky together, and reach their highest point in the sky at about the same time. Here’s a photo from Dr Ski in the Philippines, showing their relationship.

Starry sky photo showing Spica and Corvus, with a line drawn down to Crux, the Southern Cross.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Dr Ski in Valencia, Philippines, wrote: “Corvus (the Crow) and Crux (the Southern Cross) are at the same right ascension on the celestial sphere. Meaning, they transit the meridian at the same time (approximately 8:30 p.m. local time). If you reside in mid-northern latitudes … look for the familiar polygon of Corvus at this time. Then extrapolate a line approximately 40° down to get an idea of how far below your horizon the Southern Cross is.” If you’re further south, of course, as Dr Ski is … just look!

Thanks, Dr Ski! Read more: Meet Corvus the Crow

Deborah Byrd