ζ Phoenicis

Zeta Phoenicis is an Algol-like variable, that is, an eclipsing binary that drops from 3.9 to 4.4 every 40 hours.

Zeta is in the same field as Achernar (alpha Eridani), which makes it a convenient star for beginning to investigate this constellation: binoculars.

Zeta Phoenicis is a telescopic triple system (Rst 1205).
     AB: 4.0, 6.8; 113, 0.6".
      C: 8.2; 240, 6.7".

Centre zeta then move one binocular field north to find beta, (Slr 1), another close binary: 4.1, 4.2; 93, 0."

Two binocular fields northwest brings you to alpha Phoenicis, appropriately the brightest star at a respectable 2.4.

Click on alpha to continue.

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