Musca, the Southern Fly, flits to the south (here to the right) of Crux, the Southern Cross, which lies at the left edge of the picture, the scene here seen rising. Alpha Muscae is the brighter (upper) of the two stars at center. The lower one is Beta, while (top to bottom) Gamma and Delta lie a bit to the right. Lambda is a bit up and to the left. Alpha and Beta point down and to the left right at Theta. Part of Centaurus lies above Crux, part below, where the bright star at bottom is Hadar, Beta Centauri. Photo by Greg Dimijian.

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By Jim Kaler. Return to STARS.