We use cookies to deliver essential features and to measure their performance. By using this site you accept our Privacy Policies.
A Complete Guide to the Solar System and the Night Sky
Donate now and help us to keep this site free and ad-free!
public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 7:54  
clear_day Transit: 11:51  
SunsetSet: 15:49 south
sunny DaytimeWhat's Visible Now?
All Constellations » Grus » 

λ Gruis (lambda Gruis)

Altitude: -23.6°   Azimuth: 124.5°   Direction: South-East

λ Gruis is a giant star in the constellation of Grus.

λ Gruis visual magnitude is 4.46. Because of its moderate brightness, λ Gruis should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about λ Gruis:


λ Gruis (lambda Gruis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -23.6°
Azimuth: 124.5°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of λ Gruis

λ Gruis is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of λ Gruis are provided in the following table:

22h 06m 06s
-39° 32’ 35”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of λ Gruis in the sky:

Finder chart λ Gruis (lambda Gruis) star
Simplified finder chart for λ Gruis (lambda Gruis).

Visibility of λ Gruis from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

λ Gruis (lambda Gruis) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Digitized Sky Survey image of λ Gruis

The image below is a photograph of λ Gruis from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins). The proper motion of λ Gruis is -0.023 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.124 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of λ Gruis (lambda Gruis) star
DSS2 image of λ Gruis. The red arrow shows the motion of λ Gruis during the next 1000 years (-0.38 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.07 arcmin in declination);

Distance of λ Gruis from the Sun and relative movement

λ Gruis is distant 246.97 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 39 kilometers per second.

75.76 pc
246.97 ly
39 km/s
-0.023 arcsec/year
-0.124 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of λ Gruis

λ Gruis belongs to spectral class K3 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where λ Gruis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of λ Gruis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of λ Gruis

λ Gruis
(lambda Gruis)