Phoenix as depicted by Johannes Hevelius in his Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia (1687).
|Phoenix Constellation Profile
||Origin: Keyser/de Houtman
|Location: Southern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 469 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 37
|On Meridian: 9pm November 20th
||Best View (North): Autumn
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Tucana, Hydrus, Eridanus, Fornax, Sculptor, Grus
The Myth Behind the Constellation Phoenix
Phoenix is a modern constellation created by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman in the late sixteenth century. It represents the large mythical bird.
The Phoenix is the symbol of rebirth. It would immolate itself in intervals of about 500 years. At the end of its life cycle it would build a pyre out of twigs and spices and once lit, it would allow it to become consumed by the flames. Out of the ashes a new Phoenix would be born.
Phoenix Constellation Points of Interest
Interesting stars and objects.
Bright Stars in Phoenix
These are the stars in Phoenix with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.