A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Gary LaPook
Date: 2017 Sep 26, 14:44 -0700
Also, due to extinction, you can never see any star very near to the horizon so you really need to be further south to see any of the stars in the Southern Cross. I just returned from the Marquesas and a fellow passenger asked me to point out the Southern Cross to her ( she was from Japan and seeing it apparently has romantic implications for her and her husband.) In the early evening the cross was very low on the southern horizon, laying on its side with Acrux pointing almost horizontally to the left but I was not able to show it to her while we were in the Marquesas at seven degree south since it was so low. Two weeks later when we were in Bora Bora, at sixteen and a half degrees south, the cross was nine degrees higher and I was able to show it to her and her husband, they were thrilled.