The Phoenix

Phoenix Constellation

The Brighter Stars of Phoenix

Origin of the Constellation

Phoenix was created by the Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, who charted the southern skies in 1595 - 1597. There is no classical mythology associated with this particular group of stars, although the concept of the phoenix is part of classical mythology.

The Phoenix represents the mythical bird that expires in fire only to be reborn again from the ashes of its previous existence.  


Copyright © 1998 - 2010 by Arnold V. Lesikar,
Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Science,
St. Cloud State University,St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

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