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Grus

The Crane

Abbreviation: Gru
Genitive: Gruis

The constellation of Grus

At the end of the sixteenth century the observations of Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman allowed Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius to create this constellation.

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
α Gru Alnair The stars from this constellation were originally part of Piscis Austrinus, the southern fish, which is why the meaning of the name of this star is 'the bright one from the fish's tail'!