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Aries

The Ram

Abbreviation: Ari
Genitive: Arietis

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Aries is a member of the zodiac. This is one of the most ancient of constellations, harking back to Babylonia. The Egyptians associated Aries with the ram-headed god Amon-Ra and the ancient Greeks thought it was the ram whose golden fleece was so avidly sought by Jason and his Argonauts. (Jason's ship, the Argo, also existed as a constellation but has been broken into its component parts: Carina, the keel, Puppis, the stern, and Vela, the sails.

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
α Ari Hamal Appropriately for the constellation of the ram, the name of this star means 'lamb' or 'sheep'.
β Ari Sheratan
γ Ari Mesarthim This is a double star which can be split easily with a small telescope. It was one of the first double stars discovered after the invention of the telescope.
δ Ari Botein
c Ari Bharani In 1831, J.F.W. Herschel wrote that Nicolas Louis de Lacaille named this star Lilii Austrina in his Catalogue of 398 Principal Stars. It is also known as 41 Ari.
39 Ari Lilii Borea In 1831, J.F.W. Herschel wrote that Nicolas Louis de Lacaille named this star in his Catalogue of 398 Principal Stars.