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 5325 (mag 12.0)
β-Phe (mag 3.4) NGC 625 (mag 12.0)
γ-Phe (mag 3.4) IC 5328 (mag 12.0)
ε-Phe (mag 3.9) NGC 7796 (mag 12.0)
κ-Phe (mag 3.9) NGC 7689 (mag 12.0)
δ-Phe (mag 3.9) NGC 7702 (mag 12.2)
ζ-Phe (mag 4.0) NGC 7764 (mag 12.3)
η-Phe (mag 4.4) NGC 7690 (mag 13.0)
ψ-Phe (mag 4.4) NGC 7744 (mag 13.0)
μ-Phe (mag 4.6) NGC 454
ι-Phe (mag 4.7) NGC 692
HD 222095 (mag 4.7) NGC 889
λ¹-Phe (mag 4.8) NGC 31
HD 12055 (mag 4.8) NGC 88
ν-Phe (mag 5.0) NGC 98
φ-Phe (mag 5.1) IC 1595
π-Phe (mag 5.1) NGC 212
χ-Phe (mag 5.2) IC 1609
σ-Phe (mag 5.2) NGC 312
υ-Phe (mag 5.2) IC 1625
ρ-Phe (mag 5.2) NGC 323
HD 6245 (mag 5.4) IC 1631
HD 8651 (mag 5.4) NGC 348
HD 2490 (mag 5.4) IC 1650
120-Phe (mag 5.5) NGC 482

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Longitude:
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39.04°N
77.49°W
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