The Crane

Grus Constellation

The Brighter Stars of Grus

Origin of the Constellation

Grus was created by the Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, who charted the southern skies in 1595 - 1597. There is no classical mythology associated with this constellation. The association with a Crane is a modern invention. Maybe though it is worth mentioning that in classical times, cranes were seen as being sacred to Hermes, the divine messenger of the gods.  

Copyright © 1998 - 2010 by Arnold V. Lesikar,
Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Science,
St. Cloud State University,St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

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