Grus is one of twelve southern constellations mapped by Dutch explorer Frederick de Houtman and navigator Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser in 1595-97, formed into constellations by Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius, and introduced to the world at large by Johann Bayer in his 1603 Uranometria. Most of the stars in Grus were listed by Ptolemy as part of Piscis Austrinus; so although Grus was a new constellation, to a certain extent it was merely a subdivision of an old one.
Historical Maps of Grus
From Bayer's 1603 Uranometria (Image from the USNO copy of the 1661 edition of Bayer's Uranometria)
From Bode's 1801 Uranographia (Image Credit and © Tartu Observatory Virtual Museum; used by permission)
Modern Map of Grus
Modified version of Wikimedia Commons map by Torsten Bronger
Constellations Bordering Grus
(to be added in the next iteration of this page)
Stars in Grus
Stars that have common names often have multiple names, so the common names shown (if any) cannot be considered authoritative. Right ascension and declination are given in 2000.0 coordinates.