The southern sky Part 1

The southern hemisphere has some of the most beautiful constellations in the night sky; for e.g:

The Southern cross: the Southern cross points out the southern direction and its also the only constellation that is visible all year round. It consists of the four cruxes:

1. Alpha crux
2. Beta crux
3. Delta crux
4. Gamma crux

There is also the counter part known as the two pointers; they are alpha centauri and beta centauri. Alpha centauri is the brightest of the two stars because it has a twin right next to it known as proxima centauri and it is also the closest star to our galaxy, besides the sun. It is about 4.9 million light years away from us.

Since the South African sky is one of the most beautiful, I thought it would be interesting to share some information on it. Watch this space for some more interesting facts about our night sky.

Pieter – Kapama River Lodge
17/08/2012



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