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Phoenix

Quick Facts

Name:Phoenix
FEE-nix
Meaning:Phoenix (Type of Bird)
Abbreviation:Phe
Genitive:Phoenicis
Visible in Latitudes:30° thru -90°
Viewing Season:Fall
Best Seen In:November, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:September 29
Right Ascension:0.70 hours
Declination:-48.8 degrees
Area:469.319 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Phoenix

About Phoenix

According to mythology, the Phoenix was a bird of incredible beauty who would live for 500 years. The bird would build a nest of twigs and leaves that would be lit by the noon sun. The Phoenix would then be consumed by the fire, but a small worm would emerge from the fire and grow into another Phoenix.

This constellation, almost universally recognized as a bird, has also been called The Griffin, The Eagle, The Young Ostriches (Arabic), and The Fire Bird (Chinese). It was named Phoenix by Johann Bayer in 1603.

Named Stars

 
NameStar
AnkaaAlpha Phe

Neighboring Constellations

EridanusSculptor
FornaxTucana
Grus
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