English Name: The Crane
Genitive: Al Nair
Hemisphere: Southern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Phoenix and Microscopium.
Visible between latitudes: +35 and -90 degrees
Best season: Autumn
Seen in three seasons: Summer, Autumn & Winter
Best seen in: Early October
Seen between: September to November
Right Ascension (RA): 22 hour
Declination (DEC): +45 degrees
Area (square degrees): 366 (45th)
Grus (The Crane)
- Symbolizing a long-nocked bird, Grus is one of the southern constellations.
- No Messier objects in Grus.
Features of Interest
- NGC 7424 – barred spiral galaxy; hazy, fairly large round but weak concentration, and one supernova have been observed in NGC 7424.
- Al Nair (Alpha Gru) – Magnitude: +1.7
- Beta Gruis – Red giant; be unstable from magnitude +2.0 to +2.3 with no set period.
- Photo of the constellation; Grus, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Grus
- List of stars in Grus.
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