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List of stars in Grus
|Pronunciation||//, or colloquially //; genitive //|
|Right ascension||22 h|
|Area||366 sq. deg. (45th)|
|Stars with planets||5|
|Stars brighter than 3.00m||3|
|Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly)||1|
|Brightest star||α Gru (Alnair) (1.73m)|
|Nearest star||Gliese 832
(16.11 ly, 4.94 pc)
|Visible at latitudes between +34° and −90°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of October.
The stars were first defined as a separate constellation by Petrus Plancius, who created twelve new constellations based on the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. Grus first appeared on a 35-cm diameter celestial globe published in 1597 (or 1598) in Amsterdam by Plancius with Jodocus Hondius. Its first depiction in a celestial atlas was in Johann Bayer's Uranometria of 1603.
The stars that correspond to Grus cannot all be seen from China. In Chinese astronomy some of them are located in the Black Tortoise of the North (北方玄武, Běi Fāng Xuán Wǔ), while rest were placed among the Southern Asterisms (近南極星區, Jìnnánjíxīngōu) by Xu Guangqi, based on knowledge of western star charts.
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