|Fixed star: EDASICH|
|Constellation: Iota (ι) Draco|
|Longitude 1900: 03LIB31||Longitude 2000: 04LIB57|
|Declination 1900: +59.19'||Declination 2000: +58.58'|
|Right ascension: 15h 24m||Latitude: +71.05'|
|Spectral class: K2||Magnitude: 3.5|
Iota (ι) Draco, Edasich, is an orange star in the Dragon.
The English astronomer Smyth (1788-1865) mentioned this as Al Dhiba' of the Dresden globe and of the 15th century Tartar astronomer Ulug Beg, but the 13th century Persian astronomical writer Al Kazwini had called it Al Dhih, the Male Hyaena, from which comes Ed Asich, its usual title now, the Eldsich of the Century Cyclopedia.
In China it was Tso Choo, the Left Pivot.
It marks the radiant point of the Quadrantid meteors of the 2nd and 3rd of January, so called from the adjacent Mural Quadrant.
[Star Names, Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889].
Draco represents the dragon that guarded the golden apples in the garden of the Hesperides. According to other accounts, however, it is either the dragon thrown by the giants at Minerva in their war with the Gods, or the serpent Python slain by Apollo after the deluge. [Robson*, p.43.]
Draco gives an artistic and emotional but somber nature, a penetrating and analytical mind, much travel and many friends but danger of robbery and of accidental poisoning. It was said by the Ancients that when a comet was here poison was scattered over the world. By the Kabalists it is associated with the Hebrew letter Mem and the 13th Tarot Trump "Death." [Robson*, p.43.]According to Ptolemy the bright stars are like Saturn and Mars.