Fixed star: ANGETENAR
Constellation: Tau22) Eridanus
Longitude 1900: 01TAU14 Longitude 2000:  02TAU38
Declination 1900: -21.25' Declination 2000: -21.00'
Right ascension: 02h 50m Latitude: -35.31'
Spectral class: K0 Magnitude:  4.8

The history of the star: Angetenar

from p.220 of Star Names, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889.
[A scanned copy can be viewed on this webpage]

AngetenarTau (τ2) Eridanus, Angetenar, is a yellow star in the River.

Angetenar of the Alfonsine Tables, now the common title, the Argentenar of the 17th Italian astronomer Riccioli and Anchenetenar of the 16th century French scholar Scaliger, is from Al Hinayat al Nahr, the Bend in the River, near which it lies; the German astronomer Ideler (1766-1846) transcribing this as Al Anchat al Nahr. This is one of the 17th century German astronomer Bayer's nine stars of the same letter lying just above Fornax; he said of them, sibi mutuo succedentes novem.

[Star Names, Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889].










The astrological influences of the constellation Eridanus

Legend: Eridanus represents the river Padus or Po into which Phaeton fell when slain by Jupiter for having set the world on fire by misguiding the chariot of his father Phoebus. [Robson*, p.44.]

Influences: According to Ptolemy all the stars with the exception of Achernar are like Saturn. Eridanus gives a love of knowledge and science, much travel and many changes, a position of authority, but danger of accidents especially at sea and of drowning. [Robson*, p.44.]


*[Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923].