Gru - Grus the Crane

Intro and Visual description

Partially visible low in the south in August and September from 35 degrees north latitude.

Special Stars

Grus contains many very faint galaxies.

Origin and History

One of the eleven southern constellations created by Pieter Dirksz Keyser and Frederick de Houtman in 1596. These were published in Plate Aaa of Johann Bayer, Uranographia (1603).

Skylore, Literature and Culture

Grus is one of four birds in the southern skies (cf. Pavo the Peacock, Phoenix, and Tucana the Toucan).