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Phoenix Constellation

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Quinn Smart

on 26 October 2012

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Transcript of Phoenix Constellation

By Quinn Smart Phoenix Constellation History Nicknames Alpha star Gamma Star Beta Star Interesting fact Sources Phoenix was discovered by Petrus Plancius, through the studies of Peiter Keyser and Frederick Houtman. It was first depicted in Johann Bayer's Uranometria in 1603. Phoenix, is also referred to as "the griffin, the eagle, and the firebird". In arabic culture, They refer to the constellation as "the boat." Phoenix's 3 major stars are alpha phoenicis, beta phoenicis and gamma phoenicis.

Alpha phoenicis (more commonly known as ankaa)
is an orange giant. It has a magnitude of 2.37, making it the brightest star in the constellation. It is 77 light years away from earth, and it's surface temperature is 4500 k Phoenix's Beta star (or beta phoenicis) is a binary yellow giant. It's surface temperature is roughly 4950 k. It is the second brightest star in Phoenix constellation with a magnitude of 3.31.

Scientists have not been able to find an accurate distance to Beta phoenicis. The gamma star in Phoenix is about 235 light years from earth. It is an "m" class binary giant. It has a magnitude of 3.41
I'ts surface temperature is 3900k and it is red. An interesting fact about Phoenix is that it has one annual meteor shower associated with the constellation. Phoenix peaks around December 5th each year, when there is normally a meteor shower. The shower is called "The Phoenicids". They are best seen from the Southern Hemishphere. Sciencespot.com



topastronomer.com It was named after the mythical firebird creature, that supposedly lived for 500 years, and then was able to die, and be reborn again. This constellation was named this because it resembled a large bird in the sky.
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