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Becrux (β Cru / β Crucis / Beta Crucis) is the second brightest star in the constellation Crux and one of the one of the brightest stars in the nighttime sky. Beta (upper case Î’, lower case β) is the second letter of the Greek alphabet. ... Orion is a remarkable constellation, visible from most places on the globe (but not always the whole year long). ... Crux, being Latin for cross, commonly known as the Southern Cross (in contrast to the Northern Cross), is the smallest of the 88 modern constellations, but also one of the most famous. ... Bright stars can be bright because they produce more light, because they are closer to us, or both. ...


Since Beta Crucis is at roughly −60° declination, it is only visible south of the Tropic of Cancer and therefore didn't receive an ancient traditional name; "Becrux" is simply a combination of the "Be" in Beta plus Crux. Sometimes it is also called Mimosa. In astronomy, declination (dec) is one of the two coordinates of the equatorial coordinate system, the other being either right ascension or hour angle. ... The Tropic of Cancer (cancer (♋) is Latin for crab), one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth, is the parallel of latitude that runs 23° 26 22 north of the Equator. ...


Beta Crucis is located approximately 353 light years from Earth's Solar System. A light year, abbreviated ly, is the distance light travels in one year: roughly 9. ... Earth, also known as the Earth, Terra, and (mostly in the 19th century) Tellus, is the third-closest planet to the Sun. ... Presentation of the solar system (not to scale) The solar system is the retinue of objects gravitationally bound to our Sun. ...


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TEAM VALOR's Becrux Rebounds with Fantastic Dubai Derby Prep (623 words)
The Becrux juggernaut, temporarily derailed when he was beaten 23 lengths in his desert debut, is back on track, as the Emirates Racing Association has extended an invitation for the Italian Champion to participate in the March 26 renewal of the $2-million UAE Derby in Dubai.
As of this morning, Becrux is rated by Timeform at 104, with Stagelight 105, confirming what Mike de Kock said after the conditions victory by Becrux last Friday, when the saddler of the last two winners of the race said "He's a big galloping horse who has been working well at home.
Team Valor acquired Becrux because it believed he had a chance to transfer his class to the dirt, as his pedigree has several influences of horses that have excelled or sired horses that have excelled on dirt.
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