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Zodiac: Virgo
Aug 23 - Sep 23
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Aries (Ram)

The Ram is a rather small constellation, but it is very distinct. Its origins go back to the myth of the golden fleece in the greek mythology.
 
Despite its small size, Aries was of great importance some 2500 years ago, since the sun moved from the southern to the northern hemisphere while being located in Aries. Hence, this Vernal (Spring) Equinox is known as First Point of Aries. It marks the beginning of spring and is located in Fishes today.
 
Aries also contains Musca Borealis (the Northern Fly), a now discarded constellation. It was created by Petrus Plancius in 1612, a Dutch-Flemish astronomer, cartographer, and clergyman. Petrus originally called it Apes (bees), but it was renamed by Jakob Bartsch in 1624 in order to avoid confusion with another constellation.
This constellation belongs to the zodiac. Its time of the year is between March 21 and April 20. This constellation does not belong to the zodiac. It's brightest star is Hamal (α Arietis).
Neighboring constellations are Pisces, Cetus, Taurus, Perseus, and Triangulum. Have a look at our full list of all constellations.
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Latin name:  Aries (Ari)
English name:  Ram
Abbreviation:  Ari
Zodiac:  March 21 - April 20
Brightest star:  Hamal (α Arietis)
Historic depiction of Aries.
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Objects in Ram

A selection of interesting objects visible with a telescope.
NGC 695
a galaxy in the constellation Ram
Image credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University)
License: creative commons (cc) Attribution 3.0 Unported

NGC 772
a galaxy in the constellation Ram
Image credit: Sid Leach/Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona
License: creative commons (cc) Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States

NGC 678
a galaxy in the constellation Ram
Image credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona
License: creative commons (cc) Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States

NGC 680
a galaxy in the constellation Ram
Image credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona
License: creative commons (cc) Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States

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