The Phoenix

Abbreviation: Phe
Genitive: Phoenicis
Origin: Petrus Plancius

The constellation of Phoenix

At the end of the sixteenth century the observations of Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman allowed Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius to create this constellation.

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
Phoenicids Meteors in the this December shower tend to be very slow and relatively faint. Activity can vary greatly from year to year, with current levels virtually nonexistent.
α Phe Ankaa This star sometimes appears as Nair al Zaurak (from the Arabic nayyir al‑zawraq meaning 'the bright one of the boat') in older star atlases and catalogues.
ζ Phe Wurren
HD 6434 Nenque This eighth-magnitude star is known to have at least one exoplanet.