Fixed star:  KEID
Constellation:  Omicron (ο)Eridanus
Longitude 1900:  28TAU52 Longitude 2000:  00GEM11
Declination 1900:  -07.49′ Declination 2000:  -07.39′
Right ascension:  04h 15m Latitude:  -28.25′
Spectral class:  K0 Magnitude:  4.5

The history of the star: Keid

from p.220 of Star Names, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889.
[A scanned copy can be viewed on this webpage


Omicron (ο)Eridanus, Keid, is a triple star, 4.5, 9.1, and 10.8, orange and sky blue, in the River.

The Arabic spelling for Keid is Al-Qaid (), “The broken egg-shells”. Omicron (ο)Eridanus is the Keid of modern lists, Burritt’s Atlas of 1856 Kied, from Al Kaid, the Egg-shells, thrown out from the nest close by. [The Ostrich’s Nest were eta (Azha) zeta (Zibal) and rho]. Abbe Hell used it in the construction of his constellation Psalterium (Psalterium Georgii, Harpa Georgii, was a constellation created in 1789 to honor George III of Great Britain from parts of Eridanus. It is no longer in use).

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].