|Pronunciation||//, formally //; genitive //, //|
|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[a]|
|Brightest star||α Ari (Hamal) (2.01m)|
|Visible at latitudes between +90° and −60°.|
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of December.
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 (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.