|Fixed star: SCEPTRUM|
|Constellation: 53 Eridanus|
|Longitude 1900: 03GEM51||Longitude 2000: 05GEM15|
|Declination 1900: -14.30'||Declination 2000: -14.18'|
|Right ascension: 04h 38m||Latitude: -36.00'|
|Spectral class: K4||Magnitude: 4.0|
This star is a "left-over" from the now obsolete (non-IAU) constellation "Sceptrum Brandenburgicum", the "Brandenburg Sceptre". It contains four stars, of the 4th and 5th magnitudes, standing in a straight line north and south, below the first bend in the River Eridanus, west from Lepus.
The Chinese here had an asterism, Kew Yew, the nine Scallops of a Pennon, but in this they included mu (μ), omega (ω), and b of Eridanus.
[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