The Constellation Directory


"The Phoenix"


By IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Abbreviation: Phe
Genitive: Phoenicis
Constellation family: Bayer Group
Nearest constellations: Eridanus, Fornax, Grus, Hydrus, Sculptor, and Tucana
Right ascension: 0.70h
Declination: -48.57°
Visible between latitudes: +30° and -90°
Square degrees: 469
Luminary: Ankaa (Alpha Phoenicis)
Named stars: Ankaa
Notable deep sky objects: NGC 454, NGC 625


Phoenix by Johann Bayer

By Johann Bayer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Phoenix is a constellation in the Southern Hemisphere that is best seen in November.

Pavo was first introduced in the 1600s by Johann Bayer. Bayer created twelve new constellations in the Southern Hemisphere, including Phoenix, when he published his star atlas Uranometria in 1603.


In mythology, phoenixes are firebirds that die in flame and are reborn from their ashes. The lifespan of a phoenix, from birth to death, is often said to be around 500 years.