Name a Star in the Aries Constellation

Modified: July 1, 2023     Author: International Star Registry

The constellation Aries “the Ram” lies along the elliptical path of the sun in the Northern hemisphere. It is the 39th largest and the area of this constellation is 441 square degrees. Originally, zodiac signs (also known as sun signs) indicated the stars in the sky behind the sun on the day you are born rather than constellations viewable in the night sky.  Around 2000 years ago the Vernal Equinox was in the constellation Aries, making Aries the first sign of the Zodiac. This, due to the processions of the Equinoxes, is no longer true. The zero point of right ascension, or Vernal Equinox, is now in PiscesIn about 4500 B.C. Orion marked the Vernal Equinox, which would indicate that the Zodiac was not fully formed or addressed in its present order or selection. There is a 26,000-year cycle, so in another 24,000 years, Aries will again be the number one sign of the Zodiac. Aries was catalogued in the 2nd century by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in his Almagest.  

Some of the famous people with stars named after them in the Aries constellation include: Matthew Broderick, Pharrell Williams, and James Garner.

The Aries constellation can be seen in most parts of the world with a viewing area between latitudes between +90° and -60° in the first quadrant of the northern hemisphere (NQ1).  It shares a border with neighboring constellations Cetus, Perseus, Pisces, Taurus, and Triangulum To find it, look for a crooked line of three brightest stars near the Pleiades star cluster. Basically, it lies between the triangle, Taurus, and Pisces. Aries stars lie along the Zodiac and you can see it across the sky during the year, but it said to be the most visible in November. There are several annual meteor showers connected to this constellation: the May Arietids, Autumn Arietids, Delta Arietids, Epsilon Arietids, Daytime-Arietids, and Aries-Triangulids. 


Symbol: Ari 

Right Ascension: 02:21 

Declination: 22 

Diameter (°): 14 

Area (square °): 441 

Opposition: Oct 31 

Size Rank: 39th 

Brightness Rank: 41st 

Genitive: Arietis 


Major stars in Aries 

Hamal – α Arietis (Alpha Arietis) 

Sheratan – β Arietis (Beta Arietis) 

Mesarthim – γ Arietis (Gamma Arietis) 

Botein – δ Arietis (Delta Arietis) 

Bharani – 41 Arietis (c Arietis) 

ε Arietis – Epsilon Arietis 


Deep Sky Objects in Aquarius 

NGC 772 (Arp 78) includes SN 2003 hl, SN 2993 iq, and its satellite galaxy, NGC 770 

NGC 697 

NGC 972  

NGC 1156 


Mythology of the Constellation Aries 


According to fable, this is the ram of the golden fleece who flew Phrixus and his sister Helle from Thesaly to escape the persecution of their stepmother Ino. The speed of the flight made Helle dizzy, and she fell into the sea at a point afterward designated as the “Hellespont”, now known as the Dardanells in Turkey, the strategic channel between the Agean Sea and the Sea of Marmara.  Phrixus was carried safely to Colchis on the Black Sea in Georgian Russia, but was soon murdered by his father-in-law, Aeetes, who envied him his golden treasure, the fleece of Aries. This gave rise to the celebrated expedition in which Jason sailed in the Argo Navis to search for the famed golden fleece. In the meantime, Naphele, queen of Thebes, had given the noble ram to her children. She was changed into a cloud as a reward for her parental solicitude, and the Greeks ever after called the clouds by her name. 

Another story credits the constellation as referring to the flocks of the Chaldean shepherds, who worshipped Aries. Aries is also part of other cultural traditions. As one of the twelve Zodiac signs in China, it is known as Heang Low, or the dog. The twelve tribes of Israel were assigned to the twelve different signs of the Zodiac. The tribe of Aries is Judah. Gaius Manilius, a Roman poet, in the first century wrote: 

“The Ram having passed the sea serenely shines, and leads the year, the prince of all the signs.” 

Aries Zodiac 



Sun Enters: March 21 

Sun Leaves: April 19 

Planet: Mars 

Trait: Assertive, creative 

Positives: Creative, brave, loyal, direct, always concerned with the larger view, hating restriction, pioneering, energetic, humorous 

Negatives: Selfish, impulsive, pugnacious, very “now” minded, impatient, overlooks important details 

As a Child: “Me first” 

Plant: A rose 

Emotional: Strong need to express sexuality 

Career: Artist, composer, etc. 


Q. What Are the Brightest Stars in Aries? 

A. Right Ascension: 3 hours Declination: 20 degrees Visible between latitudes 90 degrees and -60 degrees Alpha, Beta and Gamma Arietis are the three brightest stars within the Aries constellation. 


Q. Where is Aries located? 

A. Aries is located in the Northern Hemisphere between Pisces to its west and Taurus to its east. 


Q. Are there any famous people with stars in the Aries constellation? 

A. There are! Jennifer Garner, Mathew Broderick, Pharrell Williams and so many more! You can name a star for someone special in your life too! 

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