Phoenix (constellation) facts for kids

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Phoenix
Constellation
Abbreviation Phe
Genitive Phoenicis
Right ascension 0
Declination −50
Area 469 sq. deg. (37th)
Main stars 4
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
25
Stars with planets 3
Stars brighter than 3.00m 1
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 2
Brightest star α Phoenicis (Ankaa) (2.39m)
Nearest star ν Phoenicis
ly,  pc)
Messier objects 0
Meteor showers Phoenicids
Bordering
constellations
Sculptor
Grus
Tucana
Hydrus (corner)
Eridanus
Fornax
Visible at latitudes between +32° and −90°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of November.

Phoenix (pronounced /ˈfiːnɪks/) is a small and not-so-bright constellation in the southern sky. It is one of the birds in a "nest" of bird constellations near it. This constellation was named after the mythical phoenix.

Mythology

This constellation represents a mythological bird that burns itself up every several hundred years then comes back alive from the ashes of the fire

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