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List of stars in Phoenix
Abbreviation Phe
Genitive Phoenicis
Pronunciation /ˈfiːnɪks/, genitive /fɨˈnaɪsɨs/
Symbolism the Phoenix
Right ascension 0 h
Declination −50°
Family Bayer
Quadrant SQ1
Area 469 sq. deg. (37th)
Main stars 4
Stars with
known planets
Stars brighter than 3m 1
Stars within 10 pc (32.6 ly) 1
Brightest star α Phe (Ankaa) (2.40m)
Nearest star Gliese 915
(27.24 ly, 8.35 pc)
Messier objects 0
Meteor showers Phoenicids
Hydrus (corner)
Visible at latitudes between +32° and −90°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of November.

Phoenix is a minor constellation in the southern sky. It is named after the Phoenix, a mythical bird. It is faint; there are only two stars in the whole constellation which are brighter than magnitude 5.0. Alpha Phoenicis is named Ankaa, an Arabic word meaning 'the boat'.

The constellation stretches from roughly −39° to −57° declination, and from 23.5h to 2.5h of right ascension. This means it is generally invisible to anyone living north of the 40th parallel in the Northern Hemisphere, and remains low in the sky for anyone living north of the equator. It is easily visible from locations such as Australia and South Africa during Southern Hemisphere summer.

Phoenix was one of twelve constellations created by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman and it first appeared on a 35-cm diameter celestial globe published in 1597 (or 1598) in Amsterdam by Plancius with Jodocus Hondius. The first depiction of this constellation in a celestial atlas was in Johann Bayer's Uranometria of 1603.

Phoenix is associated with the minor Phoenicids meteor shower of December 5th.


  • Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion (2007). Stars and Planets Guide, Collins, London. ISBN 978-0007251209. Princeton University Press, Princeton. ISBN 978-0691135564.

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Coordinates: Sky map 00h 00m 00s, −50° 00′ 00″


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List of stars in Phoenix
Abbreviation: Phe
Genitive: Phoenicis
Symbology: the Phoenix
Right ascension: 0 h
Declination: −50°
Area: 469 sq. deg. (37th)
Main stars: 4
Bayer/Flamsteed stars: 25
Stars known to have planets: 3
Bright stars: 1
Nearby stars: 2
Brightest star: α Phoenicis (Ankaa) (2.39m)
Nearest star: ν Phoenicis (49.1 ly)
Messier objects: 0
Meteor showers: Phoenicids
Bordering constellations: Sculptor
Hydrus (corner)
Visible at latitudes between +32° and −90°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of November

Phoenix (pronounced /ˈfiːnɪks/) is a small and not-so-bright constellation in the southern sky. It is one of the birds in a "nest" of bird constellations near it.


This constellation represents a mythological bird that burns itself up every several hundred years then comes back alive from the ashes of the fire

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