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Acrux

What's in a Name: Combination of the Greek letter alpha and the name of the constellation.
Claim to Fame: Marks the foot of the Southern Cross.
Type of Star: Blue-white Subgiant
How Far Away: 200 light years away
How Bright: About 100 times brighter than the Sun
Where to View: In the constellation Crux the Southern Cross
When to View:All year round in the Southern Hemisphere

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