Aries Constellation Myths and Facts

Aries: The Ram

Pronunciation: AIR-eez Aries, The Ram Aries as depicted by Johann Bayer in his Uranometria (1603). Source image provided by — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
Aries Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Ari Genitive: Arietis
Origin: Ancient Location: Northern Hemisphere
Best View (North): Autumn Best View (South):
Bordering Constellations: Perseus, Triangulum, Pisces, Cetus, Taurus

The Myth Behind the Constellation Aries

Aries is the flying, talking ram with the Golden Fleece that saved the children Phrixus and Helle from their treacherous stepmother.  The two jumped on the Ram’s back and it carried them off.  While they were crossing the sea, Helle fell off the ram and drowned.  The straight she fell into was named the Hellespont after her.  When Phrixus reached safety he sacrificed the ram to Zeus, and gave its fleece to King Aeëtes, who nailed it to a tree where it was guarded by a dragon until Jason and the Argonauts came for it.

Aries Constellation Points of Interest

Interesting stars and objects.

Bright Stars in Aries

These are the stars in Aries with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.
Name Bayer Name Magnitude Color Luminosity Distance
Hamal Alpha Arietis 2.01  Orange 90 suns 66 ly
Sheratan Beta Arietis 2.64  White 27 suns 60 ly