Aries

Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 00:47:05 Posted by  Bobby
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 Mythology of Aries

Aries depicts the ram with the golden fleece, famous from Greek mythology. Its only noticeable feature is a line of three stars: Alpha, Beta, and Gamma Arietis. It is a constellation of the Zodiac, the Sun passing through it from April 18th to May 14th. Aries lies between Pisces and Taurus.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Ram
  • Pronounced: AIR-eez
  • Genitive: Arietis
  • Abbreviation: Ari
  • Highest in the Sky: November to December
  • Size Ranking: 39th
  • Coverage Area: 441 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 3 Hours
  • Declination: 20°
  • Visibility: 90°N to 62°S

 Notable Objects/Stars

  • Alpha Arietis: Star
  • Beta Arietis: Star
  • Gamma Arietis: Star
  • NGC 691: Group of Spiral Galaxies
  • NGC 772: Spiral Galaxy

 Named Stars

  • Hamal, Alpha Arietis
  • Sharatan, Beta Arietis
  • Mesarthim, Gamma Arietis
  • Botein, Delta Arietis

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

Gamma Arietis

 A wide double star, easily divided with a small telescope. The two stars are nearly identical, both being blue-white and of magnitude 4.6. Found by the English scientist Robert Hooke in 1644, when telescopes were still quite crude, this was one of the first double stars to be discovered.
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