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Southern Cross

Unread postby flying cheetah » Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:36 pm

Can anybody please tell me if and at what time the Southern Cross can be seen in November?
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Re: Southern Cross

Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:55 pm

The Southern cross can usually be seen throughout the night as it does not move in the same way as the other star signs, but is fixed around the southern celestial pole.

However in November it will be very low on the horizon and may be at least partially or even totally obscured, making identification difficult. In November it is at its lowest and turned "upside down".
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Re: Southern Cross

Unread postby flying cheetah » Sun Aug 23, 2009 10:13 pm

Thanks Imberbe :thumbs_up: That explains my difficulties to find it last year :wink:
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Re: Southern Cross

Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Aug 23, 2009 10:23 pm

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Re: Southern Cross

Unread postby bentley » Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:11 am

Something that helps keep track of the movement of objects, is to pick a specific spot in the garden that has no obstructions...
- Find the object you wish to track, in this case the Southern Cross.
- Take note of which direction (N, S, E, or W) you are facing and find something in that direction which is not likely to be moved (a light post etc.),
- Choose a time of the night (11pm does it for me) and stick with the time,
- Do this at least once a week, soon you'll find that you have to adjust you direction to view the object.
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Re: Southern Cross

Unread postby Bennievis » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:28 pm

Many years ago...
Southern Cross.. how many nights did I lie on my back in my sleeping bag.. looking up at the stars. .looking at the Southern Cross.. dreaming of being at home.. Southern Cross will always bring back memories of longing and missing loved ones.


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