Fixed star:  ZIBAL
Constellation:  Zeta (ζ) Eridanus
Longitude 1900:  12TAU26 Longitude 2000:  13TAU50
Declination 1900:  -09.11' Declination 2000:  -08.49'
Right ascension:  03h 15m Latitude:  -25.55'
Spectral class:  A3 Magnitude: 4.9

The history of the star: Zibal


Zeta (ζ) Eridanus, Zibal, is a star in the River.

With eta (η Azha), rho (ρ), and sigma (ς) Eridanus, it was the Arabic "Ostrich's Nest" or "Hatching Place".

[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].