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  Eridanus (abbr. Eri, gen. Eridani)
The River; a very large southern constellation that starts near the southwest corner of Orion and meanders down to the region of the south pole.
Although one of Ptolemy’s original constellations, its southernmost extension, including its brightest star, was added later.
Keid contains an easy, wide binary, the secondary of which is itself a binary made up of a red dwarf and the brightest (in terms of apparent magnitude) white dwarf in the sky.
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  Constellation
Orion is a remarkable constellation, visible from most places on the globe at one time or another during the year.
Twelve of the constellations in the southern celestial hemisphere were not observable by the Greeks, and were created by Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman in the sixteenth century and first cataloged by Johann Bayer.
All modern constellation names are Latin proper names or words, and some stars are named using the genitive of the constellation in which they are found.
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 The Constellations - Enchanted Learning Software
Cepheus is a house-shaped constellation in the Northern Hemisphere.
Cetus is a constellation that straddles the celestial equator.
[Abbreviation: Sco] Scorpius (the scorpion) is a constellation of the zodiac.
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 The Constellations - Enchanted Learning Software
Cepheus is a house-shaped constellation in the Northern Hemisphere.
Cetus is a constellation that straddles the celestial equator.
[Abbreviation: Sco] Scorpius (the scorpion) is a constellation of the zodiac.
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 Constellations & Stars, Greek Mythology Link - www.maicar.com
The constellation of the Greater Dog is, according to some, the extraordinary dog Laelaps 2, which was given by Zeus as a guardian for Europa, and later acquired by King Minos 2 of Crete, who gave it to Procris 2 as a bribe so that she would lie in his bed beside him.
Eridanus is the river in which Phaethon 3, the son of Helius, fell after his attempt to drive his father's chariot [Dio.5.23.3; Hyg.Ast.2.32].
This constellation commemorates the deliverance of Andromeda by Perseus 1.
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 The Constellations : Starshine.com
The constellation portrays a man or boy spilling water from an urn, although it is difficult to see any figure in the straggling assortment of mostly faint stars visible in the southern sky in the autumn.
Crux is a modern constellation, and is the smallest constellation in the sky.
This constellation is supposed to be the tiny scorpion that killed Orion with its sting and was placed in the sky to memorialize the event.
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 Eridanus (constellation) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Eridanus is the sixth largest of the 88 modern constellations.
Eridanus was sometimes considered to be a river which flowed from the waters of Aquarius, and in such situations, Aquarius was considered to face Eridanus (requiring a change of angle, and this required the redesigning of how the stars of Aquarius connect, so that the water poured onto the same side as Eridanus).
The constellation was considered, originally, to be the path Phaëton drove along, in later times, it was considered to be the river of the underworld that he fell into.
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 Constellation Info
Constellations have been documented in many different forms, such as pottery, coins, and other items dating back to 4000 B.C. The Greek poet Aratus of Soli gave a verse description of 44 constellations in his Phaenomena.
The constellation portrays a man or boy spilling water from an urn, although it is difficult to see any figure in the straggling assortment of mostly faint stars visible in the southern sky in the autumn.
Crux is a modern constellation, and is the smallest constellation in the sky.
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 Eridanus Constellation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The constellation was invented by Lacaille in 16th century, and represents a furnace for chemical experiments.
Parent Star: HD 28185 (G8 V) in the constellation of Eridanus is located at a distance of 128.5 Light Years from our Solar system Co-ordinates of Right Ascension: 04 26 26.3205 and Declination: -10 33 02.955.
Eridanus has a variety of variables, most of which are too small magnitude for amateur observation.
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 Taurus (constellation) - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
, Unicode ♉) is one of the constellations of the zodiac.
It sits large and prominent in the winter sky, between Aries to the west and Gemini to the east; to the north lie Perseus and Auriga, to the southeast Orion, and to the southwest Eridanus and Cetus.
In siderial astrology it is associated with the constellation Taurus and is associated with the Greek myth of the bull-form taken by Zeus in order to win Europa.
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 Constellation Eridanus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Eridanus is the 6th largest constellation in the sky.
It is part of the constellation family The Heavenly Waterrs, located between Taurus in the north, Cetus to the northwest, Fornax and Phoenix to the southwest, Hydrus to the south and finally Horologium, Caelum, Lepus and Orion to the east.
The river Eridanus is thought to originate near the star Rigel (belongs to the constellation Orion) and ends at its brightest star alpha Eri.
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 Constellations: Eridanus; The River
Eridanus, the celestial river, is a faint, but large constellation - the 6
Eridanus is the river Phaeton fell into when he lost control of his father's, Helios', sun chariot as he tried to guide it across the sky.
The constellation was originally considered to be the path taken by the out of control chariot.
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 Eridanus, a Constellation for December and January
This constellation meanders from Taurus (the Bull) in the northern sky, to Hydrus in the southern sky.
Originally Eridanus included the stars of what is now Fornax, and it stretched only as far as θ Eridani, which was then known as Achernar, from the Arabic meaning End of the River.
The equatorial portion of Eridanus precedes Rigel in Orion into the sky and is to the north later in the evening in December and soon after the sky becomes dark in January.
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 Eridanus, December Constellation
This constellation meanders from Taurus (the Bull) in the northern sky, to Hydrus in the southern sky.
In mythology, Eridanus was the river into which Phaeton fell after trying to drive the chariot of his father, the Sun God.
The equatorial portion of Eridanus precedes Rigel in Orion into the sky and is to the north later in the evening in December and soon after the sky becomes dark in January.
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 Greek Mythology: THE CONSTELLATIONS, STAR MYTHS 2
The lyre was represented by the adjacent constellation Lyra.
CLAWS OF SCORPION The claws of the constellation Scorpio were sometimes said to be represented amongst the stars as Libra.
ASTRAEA The maiden goddess of justice, who departed from the earth at the start of the Brazen Age of Man. She was given a place amongst the stars as the winged constellation Virgo, with her scales set nearby in the form of Libra.
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 Eridanus - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
ERIDANUS [Eridanus], large southern constellation stretching SW from Orion for about 60°.
The brightest star in the constellation, Achernar, marks the southern end of the river.
Eridanus reaches its highest point in the evening sky in December.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-eridanus.html   (178 words)

  
 Eridanus - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Eridanus, in astronomy, a southern constellation discovered by the ancient Greeks and cataloged in the 2nd century ad by the Alexandrian astronomer...
The name Eridanus can refer to: *Eridanos (mythology) (or Eridanus), a river in Greek mythology, associated by Herodotus with the Po *Eridanus (geology), a large river that flowed in prehistoric times...
Eridanus News: 06/04/2007 until 10/04/2007 Hotel's restaurant " PAREA " will be closed from 06/04/2007 until 10/04/2007, due to Easter celebration.
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 Thelemapedia: The Encyclopedia of Thelema & Magick | Aquarius
Aquarius (♒; and Latin for of the water) is one of the oldest recognized constellations in the zodiac.
It may also, together with the constellation Pegasus, be part of the origin of the myth of the Mares of Diomedes, which forms one of The Twelve Labors of Heracles.
Its association with pouring out rivers, and the nearby constellation of Capricorn, may be the source of the myth of the Augean stable, which forms another of the labours.
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 Eridanus - Slackerpedia Galactica
Mostly a treat for those in the Southern Hemisphere, Eridanus comes into view for those in the Northern Hemisphere a bit during the winter although its brightest jewel, Achernar is a bit out of view.
Its proximity to so many constellations is due in no small part to its large size, although its peculiar shape makes it very hard to trace despite having two bright stars, Cursa (Beta Eridani) and Achernar (Alpha Eridani).
Those with powerful telescopes can go hunting for the two dozen or so galaxies that are littered throughout this constellation.
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 Constellation AQUARIUS
Aquarius, the water bearer, is one of the oldest recognized constellations in the sky.
It is found in a region often called the Sea due to its profusion of watery constellations such as Cetus, Pisces, Eridanus, etc. Sometimes, the river Eridanus is depicted spilling from Aquarius' watering pot.
Aquarius, the Source of All Rivers, according to the Arabs, is a constellation associated with the rainy season of the ancient middle east.
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 Chandra :: Photo Album :: Constellation Eridanus
Eridanus has been associated with rivers in ancient cultures of Greece, Babylon, Egypt, and Asia.
Eridanus is one of Ptomely's 48 original constellations.
The best known myth associated with Eridanus is the rise and fall of Phaeton, son of Helios the Sun god (Apollo).
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 Stories Behind the Constellations
This constellation was named by La Caille in honor of his reticle, the network of fine lines he placed in the focus of his telescope in order to make his observations in the southern hemisphere.
The constellation is supposed to represent the coat of arms of John Sobieski, king of Poland, in honor of his successful resistance against the Turkish attack on Vienna in 1683.
Hevelius formed this constellation, between Leo and Hydra, to recognize the importance of the sextant to his measurements of the stars.
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 The Mythology of the Constellations: Eridanus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Eridanus is a river in northern Italy, now known as the River Po.
Then he mounted up to the highest point of heaven, that height from which he is wont to spread clouds over the broad lands of earth, whence he sends forth his thunderings and hurls his flashing bolts: he had no clouds then to draw over the world, no rain to shower down from the skies.
As a constellation, Eridanus is the longest in the sky, meandering from Orion to
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 Peoria Astronomical Society - Learning Topics-Eridanus (The River)
Eridanus, the River, is completely visible from those latitudes south of 32 degrees N, and portions of the constellation are visible worldwide, from October - December.
Eridanus was one of the original 48 constellations first drawn by Ptolemy, but its date of actual origin in unknown.
Eridanus has been thought to be the river of tears wept by the Heliades, who wept at the death of their brother Phaethon.
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 Star Tales – Eridanus
In mythology, the Eridanus features in the story of Phaethon, son of the Sun-god Helios, who begged to be allowed to drive his father’s chariot across the sky.
Finally, he saw the constellation of the Scorpion with its huge claws outstretched and its poisonous tail raised to strike.
Eridanus is a long constellation, the sixth-largest in the sky, meandering from the foot of Orion far into the southern hemisphere, ending near Tucana, the Toucan.
www.ianridpath.com /startales/eridanus.htm   (578 words)

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