English Name: The Ram
Hemisphere: Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Perseus and Pisces.
Visible between latitudes: +90 and -60 degrees
Best season: Autumn
Seen in three seasons: Summer, Autumn & Winter
Best seen in: November
Seen between: September and February
Right Ascension (RA): 03 hour
Declination (DEC): +20 degrees
Area (square degrees): 441 (39th)
Aries (The Ram)
- This is one of the 12 constellations of the Zodiac; the groups of stars through which apparent course of the Sun passes during the year.
- It is located between Pisces (The Fish) to the west and Taurus (The Bull) to the east.
- Unfortunately, although the three main stars of the constellation; Hamal, Sheratan, and Mesarthim, are fairly easy to recongise.
- This constellation has little to offer in the way of observable objects.
- No Messier objects in Aries.
Other objects in Aries
- 73x objects: New General Catalogue (NGC)
- 49x objects: Index Catalogue (IC)
- No objects: Collinder Catalog (Cr)
Features of Interest
- The few deep-sky objects (DSO) in Aries are very dim.
- NGC 772 – Spiral Galaxy; relatively bright galaxy, showing nebulosity and ellipticity in telescopes.
- Hamal (Alpha Ari)
- Sharatan (Beta Ari)
- Mesarthim (Gamma 2 Ari)
- Botein (Delta Ari)
- Photo of the constellation; Aries, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Aries
- List of stars in Aries.
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