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Beta Crucis(bā`tə kro͞o`sĭs): see MimosaMimosa
or Beta Crucis
, bright star in the constellation Crux (Southern Cross); 1992 position R.A. 12h47.3m, Dec. −59°39'. It is sometimes called Becrux, from its Bayer name, analogous to Acrux (Alpha Crucis) and Gacrux (Gamma Crucis).
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Beta Crucis(kroo -sis) (Mimosa; Becrux; β Cru) A remote luminous blue-white giant that is the second-brightest star in the constellation Crux. It is a variable star (period 0.25 days) and may also be a double star. mv : 1.25 (var.); Mv : –4.7; spectral type: B0 III; distance: 150 pc.
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