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False Cross

GenitivesCarinae and Velorum
AbbreviationsCar, Vel
Right Ascension08h23 to 09h23
Declination-59° 34' to -54° 46'
Area (sq deg)28.4
Brightest StarAlsephina
Optimum VisibilityFebruary (Usually visible from southern latitudes)
NotesA small asterism composed of the four stars Alsephina, Avior, Aspidiske and Markeb that falls across the border between Carina and Vela. Its shape and brightness mean that it can be easily confused with Crux, the Southern Cross, which lies some 50° away along the Milky Way of the southern sky.

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