Phoenix (constellation)

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Template:Infobox Constellation Phoenix is a minor southern constellation, introduced by Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, and popularized by Johann Bayer's Uranometria in 1603.

There are only eleven stars in the whole constellation which clear magnitude 5.0.

The constellation stretches from roughly -41° to -57° declination, and from 23.5h to 2h 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 is associated with the minor Phoenicids meteor shower of December 5th.

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History

Since it was introduced in the early 17th century, there is no classical, or earlier, mythology surrounding the Phoenix constellation.

Stars

Stars with proper names:
  • Ankaa or Nair al Zaurak or Cymbae [Lucida Cymbae] (α Phe) 2.40
    < العنقاء al-canqā The phoenix [a fabulous bird in Arab myth]
    < النائر الزورق an-nair az-zawraq The bright one of the boat
    < lūcida cumb The brightness of the skiff
Stars with Bayer designations:
β Phe 3.32; γ Phe 3.41; δ Phe 3.93; ε Phe 3.88; ζ Phe 3.94; θ Phe 6.07; η Phe 4.36; ι Phe 4.69; κ Phe 3.93; λ1 Phe 4.76; λ2 Phe 5.51; μ Phe 4.59; ν Phe 4.97; ξ Phe 5.72; π Phe 5.13; ρ Phe 5.24; σ Phe 5.18; τ Phe 5.71; υ Phe 5.21; χ Phe 5.15; φ Phe 5.12; ψ Phe 4.39; ω Phe 6.12
Stars with Flamsteed designations:
120 Phe 5.49
Other notable stars:

See Also

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External links

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