Phe - Phoenix the Fire Bird

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Intro and Visual description

Phoenix is one of four birds in the southern skies (cf. Pavo the Peacock, Grus the Crane, and Tucana the Toucan). Partially visible during early October low in the south from 35 degrees north latitude.

The mythical Phoenix would end its life in a burning conflagration, only to rise once more from its ashes and live again.

One of the eleven southern constellations created by Pieter Dirksz Keyser and Frederick de Houtman in 1596. These were published in Plate Aaa of Johann Bayer, Uranographia (1603).

Special Stars

Ankaa (Alpha-Phoenicis), halfway between Achernar (Eridanus) and Formalhaut (Southern Fish). Orange, 78 LY. Magnitude 2.4.

Constellation Info

Abbr: Phe

Genitive: Phoenicis

Size: 37 of 88

RA: 1 hours

Evening culmination (9 pm): November

Midnight Culmination: October

Decl: -50 degrees

Entirely visible from: S of 32° latitude

Partially visible from: between 32° and 50° latitude

Not visible at all from: N of 50° latitude


Bordering constellations:

Constellation - Names

Arabic: العنقاء

Chinese: 鳳凰座

English: Fire Bird

French: Phénix

German: Phoenix

Greek: Φοίνιξ

Hebrew: עוף החול

Italian: Fenice

Latin: Phoenix

Russian: Феникс

Spanish: Fénix

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