Phoenix (Pronounciation:Fee-nicks, Abbrev:Phe, Latin:Phoenicis) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Phoenix takes up 469.319 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 1.14% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Pheonix . It was not one of the original constellations that had been devised by Ptolemy, instead it was created by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman years later.
Phoenix is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. Phoenix is a northern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the southern hemisphere.
The brightest star in Phoenix is Ankaa. There are 15 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Phoenix. For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Phoenix Star List Page.
The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Phoenix is 1401. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 39. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 8.
There are no deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are no non-Messier deep space objects in this constellation that are covered at present on this site.
The nearest star to Earth is Nu Phoenicis which is roughly about 49.3 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HD 142 which is about 83.87 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 10676 which is located about 326163.3 Light Years away from the Sun. The furthest figure is derived from either the 1997 or 2007 Hipparcos star catalogue parallax figure and it has been known to produce distances that are wrong.
The dimmest star that can be seen in Phoenix with the naked eye is HD 3750. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 6. The dimmest star that a person is able to see with their naked eye is 6.0 magnitude based on the table in the reference. Ref: University of Michigan
The caveat of these stars are that they are catalogued on this site. If you know of a star that is nearer or further then do let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the site. The stars mentioned are from the Hipparcos catalogue or have been added because of their special status.
There is no Greek Legend behind this constellation. It was created by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman to fill in the voids in the astronomical charts.
There are 7 Meteor Showers that occur during the year within this constellation based on information gathered from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland). The ones listed as the ones I've been able to find a date range for. For others if you have the time, you can visit the AMU site, obtains the SL value then use IMO tables to calculate the date. A lot of the Meteor Showers are weak and you need to do a lot of stargazing to spot them.
|Name||Activity||Peak Activity||Closest Star|
|Beta Leonids||Feb 14 - Apr 25||Mar 19/21||Denebola|
|Is a Zodiac Sign||No|
|Area||469.319 sq. deg.|
|Percentage of Night Sky||1.14%|
|Site Exoplanet Count||15|
|Meteor Shower Count||7|
|Nearest Star||Nu Phoenicis|
|Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)||HD 142|
|Dimmest Star||HD 3750|
|Furthest Star||HIP 10676|
|Bright Star Count||39|
|Hipparcos Star Count||1401|
|Main Star Count||8|
|Messier Deep Space Object Count||0|
|*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count||0|
|Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding Constellations||Sculptor|
*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.
The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.
|Max Activity Date||19 Mar|
|Activity Period||Feb 14 - Apr 25|