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Grus – The Crane

Grus is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Grus is one of the 29 constellations that represents an object.

Symbolism: Grus is also known as ‘The Crane’



History & Mythology

Grus is one of the newer constellations that was introduced in the 16th century. Grus is known as the Crane as the constellations resembles a Crane. Grus was one of the constellations that paved the way for the 12 new constellations, as the creator of the new constellations was very observant of Grus.     

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Grus is bordered by constellations Sculptor, Piscis, Austrinus, Miscroscopium, Phoenix, Indus & Tucana.

Sky Chart #: 3.

Star Raking: 45th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Grus consists of 8 main stars.

Brightest Star: Alpha Gruis.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Grus has 6 stars with planets.

# 2. The stars that are in Grus used to be part of constellation Piscis Austrinus until Grus was formed at the end of the 16th century.  

# 3. Alpha Gruis is the brightest star in Grus.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Grus also know as?

Q. How many main stars does Grus have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Grus?

Q. How many stars have planets in Grus?

Q. What number star ranking is Grus in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Grus Constellation here: Grus (answer are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more info on the Grus Constellation visit 

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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