Why did Johann Bayer name the constellation Phoenix after the mythical bird?
because the phoenix is suposedly good luck and is a type of bird exept it does not flame
It was named for the Phoenix, the mythical bird that bursts into flame when it dies, and is then reborn from its own ashes. Johaan Bayer named it after the mythical bird. Also, in the past, the constellation was called other types of birds (gryffin, eagle, bird of fire). Its asterism actually kind of looks like a bird rising.
Phoenix is the 37th constellation in size, occupying an area of 469 square degrees. It is located in the first quadrant of the southern hemisphere (SQ1) and can be seen at latitudes between +32° and -80°. The neighboring constellations are Eridanus, Grus, Fornax, Hydrus, Sculptor and Tucana. Phoenix contains five stars with known planets and does not have any Messier objects. The brightest star in the constellation is Ankaa, Alpha Phoenicis, with an apparent visual…