Ara: The Altar


Ara, The Altar

Ara as depicted by Johann Bayer in his Uranometria (1603). Source image provided by — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.

Ara Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Ara Genitive: Arae Origin: Ancient
Location: Southern Hemisphere Size/Area: 237 sq. deg. Size Rank: 63
On Meridian: 9pm July 20th Best View (North): Best View (South):
Bordering Constellations: Scorpius, Norma, Triangulum Australe, Apus, Pavo, Telescopium, Corona Australis


The Myth Behind the Constellation Ara

In Greek Mythology Ara is the altar where the Olympian gods made their offerings and swore their allegiance to Zeus before The War of Titans, which lasted 10 years and saw the Olympians come to power.

Ara Constellation Points of Interest

Interesting stars and objects.

Bright Stars in Ara

These are the stars in Ara with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.

Name Bayer Name Magnitude Color Luminosity Distance
Beta Arae 2.84  Orange 12,060 suns 604 ly
Choo Alpha Arae 2.84  Blue 802 suns 243 ly