Fixed star:  BEID
Constellation: Omicron (ο) Eridanus
Longitude 1900:  28TAU02 Longitude 2000:  29TAU26
Declination 1900:  -07.06′ Declination 2000:  -06.50′
Right ascension:  04h 11m Latitude:  -27.27′
Spectral class:  F1 Magnitude: 4.1

The history of the star: Beid

from p.219 of Star Names, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889.
[A scanned copy can be viewed on this webpage


Omicron (ο) Eridanus, Beid, is a clear white star in the River.

In early Arabia this was Al Baid, the Egg (of the Ostrich), from its peculiarly white color, as well as from its position near the Ostrich’s Nest. Modern lists generally write it Beid

Situla, the Urn, also has been used for it, although there is no apparent applicability here, and the title is universally recognized for kappa (κ) Aquarius (Situla).

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].