Alpha Phoenicis


Distance (Light Years) 77.4 ± 1.4
Apparent Magnitude 2.4
Color (B-V)1.09

Names For This Star

Other names for this star are Nair al Zaurak, Cymbae, Lucida Cymbae, and the Head of Phoenix.

Na'ir al Zaurak is Arabic and means "The Bright One in the Boat." Lucida Cymbae is a Latin translation of this name, from which comes the abbreviated name "Cymbae."

Thus far I have been unable to discover the origin of the name Ankaa by which this star is most widely known.

Description of the Star

Ankaa is an orange K0III normal giant. The spectral type implies an effective temperature of 4500 K, a diameter 16 times that of the sun, and a mass about four times that of the sun. The luminosity of the star would be about 80 times that of the sun.

Ankaa has a companion that orbits with a 10.5 year period. The separation of the companion from the primary is at least 1.7 AU. This is slightly larger than the separation of Mars from the sun.

Other Designations For This Star


Hipparcos Identifier (HIP Number)


Harvard Revised (HR Number)


Henry Draper Catalog (HD Number)


Bonner Durchmusterung (BD Number)

CD-42 116
Smithsonian Astrophysical
Observatory compendium (SAO Number)

Fundamental Katalog (FK5 Number)



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Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Science,
St. Cloud State University,St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

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