Fixed star:  KEID
Constellation:  Omicron2 (ο)2 Eridanus
Longitude 1900:  28TAU52 Longitude 2000:  00GEM11
Declination 1900:  -07.49' Declination 2000:  -07.39'
Right ascension:  04h 15m Latitude:  -28.25'
Spectral class:  K0 Magnitude:  4.5

The history of the star: Keid

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


Omicron (ο)2 Eridanus, Keid, is a triple star, 4.5, 9.1, and 10.8, orange and sky blue, in the River.

The Arabic spelling for Keid is Al-Qaid (1), "The broken egg-shells". Omicron (ο)2 Eridanus is the Keid of modern lists, Burritt's Atlas of 1856 Kied, from Al Kaid, the Egg-shells, thrown out from the nest close by. [The Ostrich's Nest were eta (Azha) zeta (Zibal) and rho]. Abbe Hell used it in the construction of his constellation Psalterium (Psalterium Georgii, Harpa Georgii, was a constellation created in 1789 to honor George III of Great Britain from parts of Eridanus. It is no longer in use).

[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].