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Acrux B (Companion Star) Facts

Acrux B Facts

Acrux B's Alternative Names

(Alpha Crucis B) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Bayer Classification was created by Johann Bayer in the early nineteenth century. The brightest star in the constellation is normally given the Alpha designation although there are exceptions such as Pollux which is Beta Geminorum.

More details on objects' alternative names can be found at Star Names .

Location of Acrux B

The location of the main sequence star in the night sky is determined by the Right Ascension (R.A.) and Declination (Dec.), these are equivalent to the Longitude and Latitude on the Earth. The Right Ascension is how far expressed in time (hh:mm:ss) the star is along the celestial equator. If the R.A. is positive then its eastwards. The Declination is how far north or south the object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For Acrux B, the location is 12h 26m 35.94 and -63 ° 05` 56.6 .

Physical Properties (Colour) of Acrux B

Acrux B has a spectral type of B1V. This means the star is a blue main sequence star. Acrux B lies at a distance of 320.71 light years away from our Sun and our planet Earth or to put it another way, 98.33 parsecs away from the Sun.

Acrux B Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Acrux B has an apparent magnitude of 0.77 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Magnitude, whether it be apparent/visual or absolute magnitude is measured by a number, the smaller the number, the brighter the Star is. Our own Sun is the brightest star and therefore has the lowest of all magnitudes, -26.74. A faint star will have a high number.

Distance to Acrux B

Acrux B is an estimated 320.71 light years from our Solar System (Earth and Sun). It would take a spaceship 320.71 years travelling at the speed of light to get there. We don't have a space ship that can travel that distance or at that speed yet.

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Additional Acrux B Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameAcrux B
Alternative NamesAlpha Crucis B
Spectral TypeB1V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCrux
Visual / Apparent Magnitude0.77
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)12h 26m 35.94
Declination (Dec.)-63 ° 05` 56.6
Distance from the Sun / Earth320.71 Light Years
Associated / Clustered StarsAcrux

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)0.00

Location of Acrux B in Crux


Acrux B Location in Crux

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

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