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Phoenix

Phoenix

Phoenix. © 2003 Torsten Bronger.


Phoenix (abbreviation Phe), the Firebird, is a southern constellation lying near Achernar between Hydrus and Sculptor. Among its interesting objects are SX Phoenicis, the type star for a class of pulsating variable (see SX Phoenicis star), which has the remarkably short period of 79 minutes (magnitude range 6.8 to 7.5; R.A. 23h 46.5m, Dec. -41° 35') and the Phoenix Dwarf irregular galaxy. See below for details of the constellation's brightest stars.

 


Phoenix Dwarf

 

Phoenix Dwarf

 

The Phoenix Dwarf Galaxy is a dwarf irregular galaxy, or possibly a dwarf spheroidal galaxy, that is a member of the Local Group. Discovered in 1976, by Hans-Emil Schuster and Richard Martin West of the European Southern Observatory, it was at first suspected of being a globular cluster.

 

distance 1.4 million light-years
position R.A. 01h 51.1m, Dec: -44° 27'

 

Stars brighter than magnitude 4.0
Star Visual mag. Abs. mag. Spectral type Distance (lt-yr) R.A. (h m s) Dec. (° ' ")
Alpha (Ankaa) 2.40 0.52 K0III 77 00 26 12 -42 18 22
Beta 3.32 -0.60 G8IIIv 198 01 06 03 -46 43 07
Gamma 3.41 -0.87 K5II 234 01 28 22 -43 19 06
Zeta 3.94v -0.73 B6V+B9V 280 01 08 23 -55 14 45
Epsilon 3.88 0.71 K0III 140 00 09 25 -45 44 51
Kappa 3.93 2.07 A7V 77 00 26 12 -43 40 48
Delta 3.93 0.66 K0III 147 01 31 15 -49 04 22

 

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