Phoenix (The Phoenix) Constellation
Phoenix (pronounced ˈfiːnɪks) is the Latin name of a large constellation (in fact it extends itself for about 34 degrees across the sky) situated south of the celestial equator. As such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere.
In English language this constellation is also known as "The Phoenix" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Phe" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Phoe" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).
The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Phoenicis" (pronounced fɪˈnaɪsɪs) and it is used to identify some of the brightest stars in this constellation based on the Bayer or Flamsteed star naming convention. For instance: α Phoenicis (the brightest star of Phoenix based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Phoenicis (the 23th star in the constellation of Phoenix based on the Flamsteed catalog).
Sky Chart of Phoenix Constellation
Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Phoenix constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Phoenix in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.
Visibility of Phoenix Constellation
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Phoenix is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom
The rise and set times provided here are just directional indications and they refer to a point approximately placed at the center of the constellation. In case of very large constellations (like Phoenix actually is) these times can have little relevance.
Bright Stars in Phoenix Constellation
The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Phoenix constellation. See also the complete list of 68 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Phoenix. Click on each star to see more details about it.
|HR Number(*)||Star designation||Proper name||Visual magnitude||Color||Notes|
|HR322||β Phoenicis||3.31||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR338||ζ Phoenicis||Wurren||3.92||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR8949||ι Phoenicis||4.71||⬤||Variable; Double;|
|...go to the complete list of 68 bright stars in the constellation of Phoenix|
(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.
Deep Sky Objects in Phoenix Constellation
The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Phoenix constellation. See also the complete list of 63 deep sky objects in the constellation of Phoenix. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).