|Fixed star: CURSA|
|Constellation: Beta (β) Eridanus|
|Longitude 1900: 13GEM53||Longitude 2000: 15GEM17|
|Declination 1900: -05.13'||Declination 2000: -05.05'|
|Right ascension: 05h 07m||Latitude: -27.51'|
|Spectral class: A3||Magnitude: 2.9|
Beta (β) Eridanus, Cursa, is a topaz yellow star in the River.
The word is from Al Kursiyy al Jauzah, the Chair, or Footstool, of the Central One, i.e. Orion, formed by beta (β this star Cursa), lambda (λ), and psi (ψ) Eridanus with Orion, and regarded as the support of his left foot; but in the earlier astronomy of the nomads it was one of Al Udha al Na'am, the Ostrich's Nest, that some extended to omicron (ο1 Beid) and omicron (ο2 Keid).
The Century Cyclopedia gives Dhalim as an alternative title, undoubtedly from Al Thalim, the Ostrich; but, although used for beta (β this star Cursa) by several writers, this better belongs to theta (θ Acamar).
The Chinese called beta (β this star Cursa) Yuh Tsing, the Golden Well.
[Star Names, Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889].
*, p.44.]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
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.]According to Ptolemy all the stars with the exception of