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Ankaa - α Phoenicis (alpha Phoenicis)

Altitude: -77.4°   Azimuth: 48.3°   Direction: North-East

Ankaa, also designated as α Phoenicis (alpha Phoenicis), is a hypergiant star in the constellation of Phoenix.

Ankaa visual magnitude is 2.39, making it the 81th brightest star in the sky. Thanks to its high brightness, Ankaa is clearly visible when observed from locations with dark skies, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.

The proper motion of Ankaa is 0.203 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.396 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Ankaa - α Phoenicis (alpha Phoenicis) star
DSS2 image of Ankaa. The red arrow shows the motion of Ankaa during the next 1000 years (3.38 arcmin in Right Ascension and -6.60 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about Ankaa


Ankaa - α Phoenicis (alpha Phoenicis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -77.4°
Azimuth: 48.3°
Direction: North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Ankaa

Ankaa is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of Ankaa are provided in the following table:

00h 26m 17s
-42° 18’ 21”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of Ankaa in the sky:

Finder chart Ankaa - α Phoenicis (alpha Phoenicis) star
Simplified finder chart for Ankaa - α Phoenicis (alpha Phoenicis).

Visibility of Ankaa from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Ankaa - α Phoenicis (alpha Phoenicis) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Distance of Ankaa from the Sun and relative movement

Ankaa is distant 77.36 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 75 kilometers per second.

23.73 pc
77.36 ly
75 km/s
0.203 arcsec/year
-0.396 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Ankaa

Ankaa belongs to spectral class K0 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where Ankaa is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of Ankaa. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of Ankaa

α Phoenicis
(alpha Phoenicis)