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Constellation Data

  • Name: PHOENIX
  • Translation: Phoenix
  • Abbreviation: Phe
  • Genitive: Phoenicis
  • Size: 37
  • Regions: Southern
  • RA: 1hour
  • Decl: -50 degrees
  • Season: Fall
  • Midnight Culmination: October 4

What is the Genitive form?
What is Right Ascension (RA)?
Is this constellation ever visible from my latitude? What is Declination?

Where should I look for a constellation on a date before or after its midnight culmination? What is Midnight Culmination?


The mythical Phoenix would end its life in a burning conflagration, only to rise once more from its ashes and live again.


Phoenix is one of four birds in the southern skies (cf. Pavo the Peacock, Grus the Crane, and Tucana the Toucan). Partially visible during early October low in the south from 35 degrees north latitude.

[star chart]

Star chart created with Voyager II Software for Macintosh, published by Carina Software. This is just a taste of what Voyager can do! For info on Voyager II software, call Carina Software at (510) 355-1266, write them at 12919 Alcosta Blvd Suite #7, San Ramon, CA 94583, or visit Carina Software's home page and check out Voyager II for yourself.

Special Stars

Ankaa (Alpha-Phoenicis), halfway between Achernar (Eridanus) and Formalhaut (Southern Fish). Orange, 78 LY. Magnitude 2.4.

Table of 25 Brightest Stars.
What is apparent stellar magnitude?


Bayer, 1603.

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