Grus as depicted by Johannes Hevelius in his Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia (1687). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
|Grus Constellation Profile
||Origin: Keyser/de Houtman
|Location: Southern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 366 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 45
|On Meridian: 9pm October 10th
||Best View (North): Sept.
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Tucana, Phoenix, Sculptor, Piscis Austrinus, Microscopium, Indus
The Myth Behind the Constellation Grus
Grus, “The Crane”, is one of the inventions of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, two Dutch navigators who observed the southern skies at the end of the sixteenth century. It is another of their creations based on animals. The crane was also considered a symbol of astronomy to the ancient Egyptians.
Grus Constellation Points of Interest
Interesting stars and objects.
Bright Stars in Grus
These are the stars in Grus with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.