Fixed star:  ALNAIR
Constellation: Alpha (α) Grus
Longitude 1900:  14AQU30 Longitude 2000:  15AQU54
Declination 1900:  -47.27′ Declination 2000:  -46.58′
Right ascension:  22h 08m Latitude:  -32.54′
Spectral class:  B5 Magnitude:  2.2

The history of the star: Alnair

from p.238 of Star Names, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889.
[A scanned copy can be viewed on this webpage

The Starlore Handbook

Alpha (α) Grus, Alnair, is a star marking the body of the Crane, a conspicuous 2nd-magnitude southwest from Fomalhaut

It was Al Tizini’s (Arabian astronomer, first half of 16th century) Al Na’ir, the Bright One, i.e. of the Fish’s tail (Pisces Australis), when that constellation extended over the stars of our Grus (the stars in Grus were considered as part of Pisces Australis before the constellation Grus was created in the 17th century).

The Chinese knew it as Ke

Star Names, Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889].

The astrological influences of the constellation Grus

A retiring, active, proud, watchful, kind, idealistic and devoted nature, with a liking for astronomy. [Robson, p.46.]


Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923].