# Is it possible to observe Polaris and the Southern Cross from the equator during an equinox

Is it possible for an observer at Earth's equator to simultaneously observe Polaris and the Southern Cross during an equinox?

• It's hard to view Polaris at the equator since it's only a fractional degree above the horizon at best. There are plenty of places you can see both, even in locations as far north as Key West, Florida.
– user21
Sep 24 '16 at 15:26

The March equinox would be a good time to see both; the September equinox would not. Crux lies roughly between RA 12h to 13h, Dec -55$^\circ$ to -65$^\circ$. For best results, be at latitude 10-15$^\circ$ N so that both Crux and Polaris are well above the horizon, and look between 11:00 and 14:00 local sidereal time so that Crux is near the meridian. That would be around midnight in March-April, late evening in May, wee hours in February, or daytime in July-December.