|Meaning:||Phoenix (Type of Bird)|
|Visible in Latitudes:||30° thru -90°|
|Best Seen In:||November, 9:00 pm|
|Transit Date:||September 29|
|Right Ascension:||0.70 hours|
|Area:||469.319 sq. degrees|
According to mythology, the Phoenix was a bird of incredible beauty who would live for 500 years. The bird would build a nest of twigs and leaves that would be lit by the noon sun. The Phoenix would then be consumed by the fire, but a small worm would emerge from the fire and grow into another Phoenix.
This constellation, almost universally recognized as a bird, has also been called The Griffin, The Eagle, The Young Ostriches (Arabic), and The Fire Bird (Chinese). It was named Phoenix by Johann Bayer in 1603.