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Abbreviation:  Gru
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.

Messier Objects

  • 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.

Named Stars

  • 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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