The Constellation Phoenix

by Dominic Ford
Phoenix Phoenix
The constellation Phoenix. Roll mouse over to see labels.
Source: Stellarium.

Phoenix is a southern constellation which appears highest in the midnight sky in the months around October.

It was among a dozen constellations introduced by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman which celebrate rare or exotic animals, and first appeared on star maps in 1598.

It contains one second magnitude star, Ankaa, but is otherwise rather faint. Lying well away from the Milky Way, its only deep sky offerings are faint galaxies.

Date First Appeared
1598 (Keyser & de Houtman)
Sky Area
1.1% of the sky
469.3 square degrees
Messier Objects
Phoenix contains no Messier objects
Caldwell Objects
Phoenix contains no Caldwell objects
Neighbors
The following constellations neighbor Phoenix: Eridanus, Fornax, Grus, Hydrus, Sculptor, Tucana.
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Brightest Objects in Phoenix

Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Ankaa (mag 2.4) IC 5328 (mag 11.0)
β-Phe (mag 3.4) NGC 625 (mag 11.2)
γ-Phe (mag 3.4) IC 5325 (mag 11.3)
ε-Phe (mag 3.9) NGC 7796 (mag 11.3)
κ-Phe (mag 3.9) NGC 7744 (mag 11.3)
δ-Phe (mag 3.9) NGC 7690 (mag 12.0)
ζ-Phe (mag 4.0) NGC 7689 (mag 12.1)
η-Phe (mag 4.4) NGC 7702 (mag 12.2)
ψ-Phe (mag 4.4) IC 1633 (mag 12.2)
μ-Phe (mag 4.6) NGC 692 (mag 13.1)
ι-Phe (mag 4.7) IC 1625 (mag 13.1)
HD 222095 (mag 4.7) NGC 7764 (mag 13.2)
λ¹-Phe (mag 4.8) NGC 238 (mag 13.3)
HD 12055 (mag 4.8) NGC 641 (mag 13.3)
ν-Phe (mag 5.0) NGC 312 (mag 13.4)
φ-Phe (mag 5.1) NGC 323 (mag 13.6)
π-Phe (mag 5.1) NGC 893 (mag 13.6)
χ-Phe (mag 5.2) NGC 454 (mag 13.6)
σ-Phe (mag 5.2) NGC 98 (mag 13.6)
υ-Phe (mag 5.2) IC 1609 (mag 13.6)
ρ-Phe (mag 5.2) NGC 92 (mag 13.7)
HD 6245 (mag 5.4) IC 1627 (mag 13.7)
HD 8651 (mag 5.4) IC 1605 (mag 13.8)
HD 2490 (mag 5.4) NGC 862 (mag 13.9)
120-Phe (mag 5.5) NGC 324 (mag 14.1)

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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