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Phoenix – The Phoenix

Phoenix is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Phoenix is one of the 17 constellations that represents a mythological character.

Symbolism: Phoenix is also known as ‘The Captive Phoenix’ 



History & Mythology

The constellation depicts a mythical bird known as the Phoenix. As the legend goes, a Phoenix lived and died, where a young Phoenix was born and rose from the ashes. Phoenix was devised by the Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser & Frederick De Houtman in the 16th century, and sits between constellations Sculptor & Tucana.

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Phoenix is bordered by constellations Fornax, Sculptor, Eridanus, Grus, Hydrus & Tucana.

Sky Chart #: 3.

Star Raking: 37th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Phoenix consists of 4 main stars.

Brightest Star: Alpha Phoenicis.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Phoenix has 10 stars with planets.

# 2. Phoenix is home to massive galaxies called the Phoenix Cluster & the El Gordo Cluster.

# 3. Alpha Phoenicis is the brightest star in Phoenix.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Phoenix also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Phoenix have?

Q. What are the brightest stars in Phoenix?

Q. How many stars have planets in Phoenix?

Q. What number star ranking is Phoenix in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Phoenix Constellation here: Phoenix Constellation (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more information on the Phoenix Constellation visit

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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