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Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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04Aries, The Ram

NAME: Aries (AIR-eez)

SEASON: Autumn

CULMINATION: midnight, 20 October

ABBREVIATION: Ari

GENITIVE: Arietis (AIR-ee-ET-us)

NEIGHBORS: Cet, Per, Psc, Tau, Tri

BINOCULAR OBJECTS: none

URBAN OBJECTS: 5-gamma (STF 180)

Aries is an inconspicuous constellation, but its position west of the Pleiades in Taurus, and south of Triangulum, makes it easy to locate. Aries is a medium-size constellation, ranking 39th of the 88 constellations. It covers 441 square degrees of the celestial sphere, or about 1.1%. Aries is an ancient constellation, well-known to the Greeks and Romans of antiquity.

Because it is located on the ecliptic, Aries is one of the twelve zodiacal constellations. In the time of the ancient Greeks, the Sun lay in Aries at ...

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