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Phoenix Constellation

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Mythology of the Phoenix
Mythological Definition of a Phoenix:
A unique bird that lived for five or six centuries in the Arabian desert, after this time burning itself on a funeral pyre and rising from the ashes with renewed youth to live through another cycle.

Mythology of the Phoenix:

The Phoenix is a unique bird that is driven from Greek mythology. The phoenix or phenix is a bird that dies by fire and is reborn from its ashes, this is not always the case sometime the myth of the Phoenix just decomposes and is reborn. The phoenix has been told in many myths as well popular stories such as, “Harry Potter.” The Phoenix is not mentioned in just Greek mythology but there is mention of the Phoenix in the following, Arabic, Persians, Romans, Egyptians, and the Chinese. The Phoenix is a mythological creature in many different mythological mentions as well a constellation in our Milky-way Galaxy.

Biblical References
Biblical References:

In the Bible there are many different verses that talk about space and stars as well constellations. There is only one mention of Phoenix but unforchantly it is referred to as a city not a constellation. Even though there are not many constellations named in the Bible, stars are mentioned several times in the Bible here are six examples where stars are mentioned in the Bible
Psalm 147:4: He determines the number of stars; He give to all of them their names.
1 Corinthians 15:41: There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
Job 9:9: Who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south.
Psalm 104:5: He set the earth on its foundation, so that it should never be moved.
Psalm 8:3: When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place.
Psalm 136:9: The moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures forever.
These six examples of where stars are mentioned in the Bible are just some of many different verse in the Bible that also mention stars. There are also other verses that relate to space, stars and constellations mentioned in the Bible.
Brightest Star of the Phoenix
Alpha Phoenicis:
There is always a brightest star in every constellation and in the Phoenix constellation Alpha Phoenicis is the brightest. Alpha Phoenicis is also known as Ankaa. Alpha Phoenicis or
Ankaa was got its name from the Arabs. Ankaa is not only a bright star it is also a massive orange giant. Ankaa not only being a bright and large star is also 85 light years away from earth, in meters that is 8.04144914 × 1017. Ankaa is one in 48 stars that has a magnitude of 2. Ankaa’s magnitude is 2.40. Magnitude is the measure of brightness of a star -1 magnitude being the brightest and 7-10 being the darkest and impossible for the human eye to see.
Star-Chart
Questions Given With The Project
• Name of your constellation.
Phoenix
• Other constellations located near your constellation.
There are three constellations that stand out and that are around the Phoenix constellation:Sculptor, Pisces Aust. and Fornax.
• The story behind it (what people in the past thought it looked like).
In mythology the Phoenix is a fire bird that burns up but is reborn through its ashes.
• The brightest star in the constellation and its magnitude.
Alpha Phoenicis: 2.40
• The dimmest star in the constellation and its magnitude.
Delta2 Phoenicis: 5.7
• The best time of the year to see your constellation.
The best time to see the Phoenix is in November at 9:00pm.
• The names of some of the stars in your constellation.
Alpha Phoenicis
Beta Phoenicis
Delta1 Phoenicis
Delta2 Phoenicis
Kappa Phoenicis

Conclusion
Though the Phoenix might not have been my first choice I really enjoyed learning about it. The mythology of the Phoenix is now definitely now one of my favorites, as well learning about the sizes and magnitudes of some of the stars in the Phoenix constellation was amazing.
Sources
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_(constellation)
http://h2g2.com/edited_entry/A37329834
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_(mythology)
http://www.constellation-guide.com/constellation-list/phoenix-constellation/
http://www.constellation-guide.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Phoenix-constellation-map.gif
https://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Phoenix_(mythology).html
http://www.stargazing.net/david/constel/magnitude.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apparent_magnitude
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_star#Subgiants
http://www.astrostudio.org/xhip.php?hip=2081
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_Phoenicis
http://www.openbible.info/topics/stars
By:
Dylan
Keller
Phoenix Constellation
Can Be Found Between The Latitudes Between +32° and -80°.
Who, What, Where, When
Who?, What?, Where?, When?

Who?
One of the first to bring up the Phoenix constellation was Petrus Plancius a Dutch astronomer. Other also include Frederick Houtman and Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser.
What?
The Phoenix's constellation name came from the mythological creature.
Where?
The Phoenix can be found between the latitudes between +32° and -80°.
When?
The Phoenix constellation has been known since early 16th century.
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