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Grus Constellation

Grus (Pronounciation:Grus, Abbrev:Gru, Latin:Gruis) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Grus takes up 365.513 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.89% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Crane . It was not one of the original constellations that had been devised by Ptolemy, instead it was created by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman years later.

Grus is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. Grus is a southern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the northern hemisphere.

The brightest star in Grus is Al Nair. There are 6 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site.

Grus Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Grus is 1195. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 39. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 9.

There are no deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are no non-Messier deep space objects in this constellation that are covered at present on this site.

Stars of Interest

The nearest star to Earth is Gliese 832 which is roughly about 16.16 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is Gliese 832 which is about 16.16 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 111026 which is located about 163081.7 Light Years away from the Sun. The furthest figure is derived from either the 1997 or 2007 Hipparcos star catalogue parallax figure and it has been known to produce distances that are wrong.

The dimmest star that can be seen in Grus with the naked eye is HD 214953. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 5.99. The dimmest star that a person is able to see with their naked eye is 6.0 magnitude based on the table in the reference. Ref: University of Michigan

The caveat of these stars are that they are catalogued on this site. If you know of a star that is nearer or further then do let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the site. The stars mentioned are from the Hipparcos catalogue or have been added because of their special status.

There is no Greek Legend behind this constellation. It was created by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman to fill in the voids in the astronomical charts.

There are no major meteor showers that radiate from within this constellation.

Grus Facts

Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarAl Nair
Area365.513 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.89%
Size Position45th
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count6
Meteor Shower Count1
Nearest StarGliese 832
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)Gliese 832
Dimmest StarHD 214953
Furthest StarHIP 111026
Bright Star Count39
Hipparcos Star Count1195
Main Star Count9
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsPiscis Austrinus

*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.

Grus Constellation Map

Grus Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

List of Stars with Exoplanets in Grus

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
HD 208487149.551-37d 45` 48.021h 57m 19.77
HD 213240132.531-49d 25` 58.122h 31m 00.49
HD 215456124.022-48d 58` 43.322h 46m 07.85
PSR J2241-52361-52d 36` 36.0022h 41m 42.00
WASP-951-48d 00` 11.1622h 29m 49.99

List of Named Stars in Grus without Extrasolar Planets

As there's so many stars in the cosmos, not all the stars are listed here. The site has lots of stars not listed so if your star isn't listed and you know the Henry Draper or Hipparcos ID, type https://www.universeguide.com/star/ then followed by the HIPNNNNNN or HDNNNN where NNNNN is the number part of the name. The stars that I do list have either a traditional name, a bayer or other classification name.

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)DeclinationRight Ascension
Al Dhanab211.11-37d 21` 53.421h 53m 55.65
Al Nair101.01-46d 57` 38.222h 08m 13.88
BZ Gruis468.63-37d 44` 48.721h 57m 02.14
Delta1 Gruis309.45-43d 29` 44.022h 29m 16.15
Delta2 Gruis330.12-43d 44` 57.222h 29m 45.45
DL Gruis918.77-40d 35` 29.223h 10m 09.72
Epsilon Gruis128.92-51d 19` 00.122h 48m 33.20
Eta Gruis414.97-53d 30` 00.622h 45m 37.85
Gliese 83216.16-49d 00` 25.321h 33m 34.02
Iota Gruis183.24-45d 14` 47.923h 10m 21.43
Kappa Gruis364.02-53d 57` 52.723h 04m 39.57
Lambda Gruis242.14-39d 32` 35.022h 06m 06.90
Mu1 Gruis274.78-41d 20` 48.322h 15m 36.88
Mu2 Gruis265.39-41d 37` 37.922h 16m 26.57
Nu Gruis285.11-39d 07` 53.022h 28m 39.18
Omicron Gruis100.36-52d 43` 18.923h 26m 36.54
Phi Gruis115.50-40d 49` 26.623h 18m 09.79
Pi1 Gruis532.08-45d 56` 52.522h 22m 44.18
Pi2 Gruis130.47-45d 55` 42.022h 23m 07.79
Rho Gruis230.34-41d 24` 50.822h 43m 29.97
RS Gruis776.58-48d 11` 22.021h 43m 04.28
S Gruis1456.09-48d 26` 18.722h 26m 05.45
Sigma1 Gruis222.79-40d 34` 57.022h 36m 29.27
Sigma2 Gruis214.72-40d 35` 27.122h 36m 58.82
Tau1 Gruis106.38-48d 35` 53.122h 53m 37.74
Tau2 Gruis155.54-48d 27` 57.422h 55m 16.35
Tau2 Gruis B145.28-48d 29` 30.822h 55m 16.19
Tau3 Gruis243.41-47d 58` 09.222h 56m 47.82
Theta Gruis131.89-43d 31` 13.223h 06m 52.77
Tiaki176.97-46d 53` 04.422h 42m 39.93
Upsilon Gruis284.86-38d 53` 32.323h 06m 53.60
W Gruis1136.46-43d 50` 28.322h 41m 18.67
Xi Gruis465.95-41d 10` 45.621h 32m 05.86
Zeta Gruis108.87-52d 45` 14.823h 00m 52.87

Grus Constellation's Star Breakdown

Type Breakdown

FYellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k396
KLight Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k355
GYellow 5,200 - 6,000k284
AWhite 7,500 - 10,000k65
MRed Dwarf Star <3,700k61
BBlue-White 10,500 - 30,000k8

Size Breakdown

VMain Sequence552
IIINormal Giant396
IIBright Giant2
IaLuminous Supergiant1
IbLess Luminous Supergiant1

Breakdown of Dwarf Stars by Type

sdsd Type SubDwarf Star2

Breakdown of Carbon Stars by Type

SS-Type Carbon Star3

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