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The constellation of the month


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Latin: Phoenix (Phe)
English: Phoenix Spanish: Ave Fénix
German: Phönix French: Phénix

The constellation of Phoenix is a small but distinct constellation of the southern hemisphere (see lines). It can be found between Grus on the right hand side (west) and the southern end of Eridanus on the left hand side (east). The brightest star in the shown field is Achernar of Eridanus (alpha Eri, 0.5 mag).

In mid of November the above field culminates at about 9:30 pm local time. The declination of this constellation ranges from -58 to -40 degrees.

In this direction we look out of the galactic plane. The south galactic pole is less than 20 degrees to the north in the neighboring constellation of Sculptor. Therefore no galactic deep sky objects join the field. Phoenix contains some galaxies at 12.3 mag or fainter. Two prominent galaxies in the constellation Sculptor can be identified in the above photograph (mark the image).

© all photographs taken by Till Credner and Sven Kohle