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Epsilon Crucis
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Crux showing epsilon crucis in relation to the other main stars.
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Crux
Right ascension 12h 21m 21.6s
Declination −60° 24′ 4″
Apparent magnitude (V) 3.56
Spectral type K3III
U-B color index 1.63
B-V color index 1.42
Radial velocity (Rv) −4.6 km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: −171.06 mas/yr
Dec.: 91.83 mas/yr
Parallax (π) 14.30 ± .56 mas
Distance 384 ly
(118.10 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) -1.80
Other designations
HD 107446, HR 4700, SAO 251862, FK5 2989, NSV 5568, CD -59°4221 , HIP 60260

Epsilon Crucis (ε Cru / ε Crucis) is a Class K3III, fourth-magnitude star in the constellation Crux. It is sometimes called Intrometida in Portuguese.[1] Although it is not considered a major part of the asterism of the Southern Cross pattern by most people, it is, however, included as part of the Southern Cross on the national flags of Brazil, Australia and Papua New Guinea.

This star is an orange giant, located about 385 light-years from Earth.


External links

  1. ^ da Silva Oliveira, R., "Crux Australis: o Cruzeiro do Sul", Artigos: Planetario Movel Inflavel AsterDomus.


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