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].