Alnair (Alpha Gruis)
The brightest star in the constellation Grus
and the 30th brightest star in the sky. Its Arabic name (also written "Al
Na'ir") means "the bright one," and comes from a longer phrase
for "the bright one in the fish's tail," since the Arabs considered
the stars of Grus to be the tail of Piscis Austrinus.
Alnair can't be seen from latitudes higher than 42° N.
The star Zeta Centauri is also known as Alnair.
||101 light-years (31 pc)
||R.A. 22h 08m 14s,
Dec. -46° 57' 40"
||Gl 848.2, HR 8425, CD -47°14063,
HD 209952, GCTP 5339.00,
SAO 230992, FK5 829, HIP 109268