|Fixed star: METALLAH|
|Constellation: Alpha (α) Triangulum|
|Longitude 1900: 05TAU28||Longitude 2000: 06TAU52|
|Declination 1900: +29.06'||Declination 2000: +29.34'|
|Right ascension: 01h 52m||Latitude: +16.48'|
|Spectral class: F2||Magnitude: 3.6|
from p.416 of Star Names, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889.
Alpha (α) Triangulum, Metallah, is a yellow star at the vertex of the Northern Triangle.
Caput Trianguli was translated Ras al Muthallath by the Arabian astronomers.
It is a half-magnitude inferior to beta (β), although the latter bears no name. Together these two were the Arabs' Al Mizan, the Scale-beam, alpha comes to the meridian on the 6th of December.
[Star Names, Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889].
*, p.64.]Triangulum is said to have been placed in the heavens by Jupiter at the request of Ceres who asked that the shape of her island Sicily might be represented amongst the stars. [Robson
*, p.64.]According to Ptolemy it is like Mercury. It is said to give a just, companionable, truthful, righteous and benevolent nature, with interest in architecture and Freemasonry. [Robson
This star has the planetary nature of Mercury and indicates those of a just nature and those whose living is made in the legal profession. [Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.22-23.].