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Eridanus above Sinai

By: Stefan Seip

 

Region: Africa

Site: Sinai Peninsula - Egypt

Date: September 2010

Stars of constellations Orion and Eridanus are photographed above Sinai seashores near Dahab, northeast Egypt. At this latitude of 28 degrees north even the southern most part of the constellation Eridanus, the River, is visible. The bright star at the southern end of the river is Achernar, Alpha star in Eridanus; means the end of the river in Arabic. Achernar is the 10th brightest star in the night sky with +0.46 magnitude. Eridanus is the 6th largest constellation in the sky and its unique figure take it from the celestial equator near Orion Belt to declination -57 at Achernar (57 degrees below the celestial equator). Stefan Seip/Astromeeting.de

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