Achernar

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This article is about the star Achernar. For the character in the Myst series, see Achenar (Myst).


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The position of Achernar

Achernar (α Eri / α Eridani / Alpha Eridani) is the brightest star in the constellation Eridanus and the ninth brightest star in the nighttime sky.

Achernar is a bright supergiant star visible in the southern part of the night sky. It remains permanently below the horizon from many densely populated portions of Earth's northern hemisphere. From those Southern hemisphere countries from which it can be seen best, it is particularly conspicuous through being highest in the night sky in September when most other bright southern stars are skirting the horizon.

It is the least spherical star in the Milky Way studied to date. Achernar spins so rapidly that its equatorial diameter is more than 50% greater than its polar diameter.

It is approximately 144 light years from the Solar System.

The name comes from the Arabic آخر النهر āxir an-nahr "end of the river".

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