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σ Phoenicis (sigma Phoenicis)

Altitude: -61.4°   Azimuth: 105.9°   Direction: East-South-East

σ Phoenicis is a main-sequence star in the constellation of Phoenix.

σ Phoenicis visual magnitude is 5.18. Because of its reltive faintness, σ Phoenicis should be visible only from locations with dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of σ Phoenicis is 0.011 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.029 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of σ Phoenicis (sigma Phoenicis) star
DSS2 image of σ Phoenicis. The red arrow shows the motion of σ Phoenicis during the next 10000 years (1.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -4.83 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about σ Phoenicis


σ Phoenicis (sigma Phoenicis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -61.4°
Azimuth: 105.9°
Direction: East-South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of σ Phoenicis

σ Phoenicis 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 σ Phoenicis are provided in the following table:

23h 47m 16s
-50° 13’ 36”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of σ Phoenicis in the sky:

Finder chart σ Phoenicis (sigma Phoenicis) star
Simplified finder chart for σ Phoenicis (sigma Phoenicis).

Visibility of σ Phoenicis from your location

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

σ Phoenicis (sigma Phoenicis) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Distance of σ Phoenicis from the Sun and relative movement

σ Phoenicis is distant 591.65 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 11 kilometers per second.

181.49 pc
591.65 ly
11 km/s
0.011 arcsec/year
-0.029 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of σ Phoenicis

σ Phoenicis belongs to spectral class B3 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

Alternative designations of σ Phoenicis

σ Phoenicis
(sigma Phoenicis)