Aries (constellation) facts for kids

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Abbreviation Ari
Genitive Arietis
Pronunciation /[unsupported input]ˈɛərz/, or formally /ˈɛərɪ.z/; genitive /əˈr.ts/
Symbolism the Ram
Right ascension 3
Declination +20
Quadrant NQ1
Area 441 sq. deg. (39th)
Main stars 4, 9
Stars with planets 6
Stars brighter than 3.00m 2
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 2
Brightest star α Ari (Hamal) (2.01m)
Nearest star Teegarden's Star (SO 0253+1652)
(12.58 ly, 3.86 pc)
Messier objects None
Meteor showers
  • May Arietids
  • Autumn Arietids
  • Delta Arietids
  • Epsilon Arietids
  • Daytime-Arietids
  • Aries-Triangulids
Visible at latitudes between +90° and −60°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of December.
Aries IAU
Aries Constellation chart

Aries is one of the constellations of the zodiac. It is in the Northern Hemisphere. Aries is Latin for ram - a male sheep. Its symbol is Aries.svg (Unicode ♈), which represents a ram's horns. Aries had the meaning of a ram four thousand years ago in Babylonia. It represents the ram whose fleece (hair) became the Golden Fleece in Ancient Greek Mythology. The astronomer Ptolemy listed Aries when he made a list of 48 constellations.

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