Abbreviation: Â Gru
English Name: Â The Crane
Genitive:Â Al Nair
Hemisphere:Â Â Southern Hemisphere
Location:Â Between the constellations of Phoenix and Microscopium.
Visible between latitudes: Â +35 and -90 degrees
Best season: Autumn
Seen in three seasons:Â Summer, Autumn & Winter
Best seen in:Â Early October
Seen between:Â September to November
Right Ascension (RA):Â 22 hour
Declination (DEC):Â Â +45 degrees
Area (square degrees): Â 366Â (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 NairÂ (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;Â Grus, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart Â – Â Grus
- List of stars in Grus.
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