Eridanus Constellation | Constellations In The Southern Hemisphere
ERIDANUS CONSTELLATION – In this topic, we are going to know and learn about the southern constellation Eridanus, the River.
It is the constellation in the southern sky. It represents the celestial river that runs from Cursa near Rigel in Orion all the way to Achernar in the far southern sky.
It is associated with the Greek myth of Phaëton and is depicted as a river flowing from the waters poured by Aquarius. Its name was later used as the a Latin name for the river Po in Italy.
The constellation is known in Sanskrit languages as srotaswini, which means “stream,” “current,” or “torrent.”
It houses Achemar, Cursa, Acamar, Epsilon Eridani, the CMB Cold Spot, and the Witch Head Nebula.
It is the 6th largest constellation in the night sky and occupies an area of about 1138 square degrees. It lies in SQ1, the first quadrant of the southern hemisphere.
Eridanus belongs to the Heavenly Waters family, along with Carina, Columba, Delphinus, Equuleus, Piscis Austrinus, Puppis, Pyxis, and Vela.
Among the stars include:
- 82 G. Eridani
- Delta Eridani
- EF Eridani
- Tau Eridani
- Tau1 Eridani
- Tau3 Eridani
- Tau4 Eridani