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Aries (abbreviation: Ari, genitive: Arietis)





The Ram, whose golden fleece inspired Jason's epic voyage. Aries is a northern constellation and the first one of the zodiac; it lies between Pisces to the west and Taurus to the east and can be seen climbing the eastern sky in the northern autumn. The Sun passes through Aries from late April to mid-May. In former times the vernal equinox (the point where the Sun crosses the celestial equator when moving from south to north) lay within Aries and is still known as the First Point of Aries, even though, because of precession, it now lies in Pisces. See below for details of the constellation's brightest stars.


Aries constellation
Aries. © 2003 Torsten Bronger.
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Stars brighter than magnitude 4.0
Star Visual
mag.
Abs.
mag.
Spectral
type
Distance
(lt-yr)
R.A. (h m s) Dec. ( ° ' '' )
Alpha (Hamal) 2.01 0.48 K2IIIabCa 66 02 07 10 +23 27 45
Beta (Sheraton) 2.64 1.33 A5V 60 01 54 38 +20 48 29
c (Nair al Butain) 3.61 0.16 B8Vn 159 02 49 59 +27 15 38
Gamma (Mesarthim) 3.88 -0.11   204    
   Gamma2 4.75   A1pSi   01 53 32 +19 17 45
   Gamma1 4.83   B9V   01 53 32 +19 17 37


Constellations
Andromeda | Antlia | Apus | Aquarius | Aquila | Ara | Aries | Auriga | Bootes | Caelum | Camelopardalis | Cancer | Canes Venatici | Canis Major | Canis Minor | Capricornus | Carina | Cassiopeia | Centaurus | Cepheus | Cetus | Chamaeleon | Circinus | Columba | Coma Berenices | Corona Austrina | Corona Borealis | Corvus | Crater | Crux | Cygnus | Delphinus | Dorado | Draco | Equuleus | Eridanus | Fornax | Gemini | Grus | Hercules | Horologium | Hydra | Hydrus | Indus | Lacerta | Leo | Leo Minor | Lepus | Libra | Lupus | Lynx | Lyra | Mensa | Microscopium | Monoceros | Musca | Norma | Octans | Ophiuchus | Orion | Pavo | Pegasus | Perseus | Phoenix | Pictor | Pisces | Piscis Austrinus | Puppis | Pyxis | Reticulum | Sagitta | Sagittarius | Scorpius | Sculptor | Scutum | Serpens | Sextans | Taurus | Telescopium | Triangulum | Triangulum Australe | Tucana | Ursa Major | Ursa Minor | Vela | Virgo | Volans | Vulpecula


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