Aries

Constellation Est. 1930 by Eugène Delporte

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Interesting Facts


  • Not all cultures identify Aries as a ram. For example, the Chinese see the constellation at twin inspectors, and people of the Marshall Islands see it as a porpoise.
  • Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, as it marks the beginning of the astrological year.
  • The word "Aries" means ram in Latin, hence the symbol of Aries being a ram.
  • Aries is the 39th largest constellation in the sky.
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Brightest Stars

The three brightest stars in the Aries constellation are Hamal with a magnitude of 2, Sheratan with a magnitude of 2.6, and Mesarthim with a magnitude of 3.9.

Locating Aries

  • The Aries constellation is located in the Northern Hemisphere between Pisces to the West, and Taurus to the East. Kappa Pisces and Iota Pisces point left directly to Aries.


  • Additionally, Aries is most visible in the late months of the year, especially in December.

Deep Space Objects

  • There are several elliptical, spiral, and interacting galaxies in Aries including NGC 772 (pictured to the left) and NGC 1156.


  • Aries also contains 7 stars, 10 planets, and 5 meteor showers.

Citations

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"Aries - Constellation Guide | Free Star Charts". Freestarcharts.com. N.p., 2016. Web. 17 Sept. 2016.


"Aries". Galaxypix.com. N.p., 2016. Web. 17 Sept. 2016.


"Facts About the Constellation Aries." Buzzle. Buzzle.com. Web. 08 Sept. 2016.


@KimZimmerman1. "Aries Constellation: Facts About the Ram." Space.com. Web. 08 Sept. 2016.


McClure, Bruce. "Aries? Here’S Your Constellation | Earthsky.Org". Earthsky.org. N.p., 2016. Web. 16 Sept. 2016.


"Western Pisces". Stars.astro.illinois.edu. N.p., 2016. Web. 17 Sept. 2016.

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