Grus: The Crane


Grus, The Crane

Grus as depicted by Johannes Hevelius in his Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia (1687). Source image provided by — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.

Grus Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Gru Genitive: Gruis 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.

Name Bayer Name Magnitude Color Luminosity Distance
Alnair Alpha Gruis 1.73  Blue-White 242 suns 101 ly
Gruid Beta Gruis 2.07  Red 3,246 suns 170 ly
Al Dhanab Gamma Gruis 3.00  Blue-White 390 suns 203 ly