|Fixed star: ZAURAK|
|Constellation: Gamma (γ) Eridanus|
|Longitude 1900: 22TAU28||Longitude 2000: 23TAU52|
|Declination 1900: -13.48'||Declination 2000: -13.30'|
|Right ascension: 03h 57m||Latitude: -33.12'|
|Spectral class: M0||Magnitude: 3.2|
Gamma (γ)1 Eridanus, Zaurak, is a yellow star in the River.
Zaurac and Zaurak are from the Arabic Al Na'ir al Zaurak, the Bright Star of the Boat; but the German astronomer Ideler (1766-1846) applied this early designation to the star that now is alpha (α) of our Phoenix (Ankaa).
[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
Zaurak has a Saturnian character. Anyone who has this star connected with a planet in his chart should endeavor not to take life too seriously and put too much weight on everything people say. This person should struggle to overcome melancholy. Otherwise, this star could trigger off fear of death and suicidal tendencies. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.23, under the name Zanrak.]