The Crane

features of interest

BETA (P) gruis 2 1 A variable red giant whose brightness ranges from magnitude 2.0 to 2.3 with no set period.

delta (8) gruis 2 1 One of two notable doubles in the constellation that are wide enough to be divisible with the unaided eye. It consists of a pair of 4th-magnitude giants, yellow and red.

MU (|i) GRUIS 2 1 A pair of 5th-magnitude yellow giants divisible with the unaided eye. Like Delta (8) Gruis (above), it is a chance alignment, not a true binary.

Phoenix Phoenicis (Phe)

width ll depth l size ranking 37th fully visible 32°n-90°s

Phoenix, which lies at the southern end of Eridanus, is the largest of the 12 constellations introduced by the Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. It represents the mythical bird that was reborn from the ashes of its predecessor.

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