Crux Australis Region

Probably the most famous of all the southern constellations is Crux Australis - The Southern Cross. Although the smallest of all the constellations, it has the highest concentration of bright stars of any constellation. Three of the 4 stars forming the cross are brighter than Belatrix, the third brightest star in Orion. The Southern Cross is on the right of centre, while the dark region is the obscuring dust cloud known as the "Coaksack".

The animation is composed of 30, 2 second images, yet despite the total duration only being one minute, 3 satellites pass through the field!!!