The Aries constellation name The Ram, was agreed on by the Babylonians, the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Persians.
In Greek mythology, the story of Aries the Ram begins in Thessaly. The King of Thessaly had two children named Phrixus and Helle who were beaten by their stepmother.
One of the Gods, possibly Poseidon, became angered by this and sent a golden winged ram to carry the two children to safety. Tragically, Helle lost her grip and tumbled from the ram. Drowning in the area now known as Hellespont.
Phrixus, on the other hand, arrived safely to the shores of the Black Sea where he sacrificed the ram to the Gods, retaining the golden fleece. Later, Jason needing to prove his right to the throne, set out with The Argonauts to recover it. Jason and The Argonauts recovered the prized fleece and returned it to Thessaly.
Visible between latitudes 90 degrees and -60 degrees
Declination: 20 degrees
Best seen in December at 9:00 PM local time
Named Stars: HAMAL (Alpha Arietis) Sheratan (Beta Arietis) Mesarthim (Gamma 2 Arietis) Botein (Delta Arietis)
The first sign of the zodiac which the sun enters at the vernal equinox. So the ram is considered the first of the 12 zodiac signs. And the equinox became known as “the first point of Aries”.
This was true during ancient times although due to precession the vernal equinox is now in Pisces.
Bounded by Taurus and its bright star Aldebaran on the lower left.
Pisces is to the right. Also visible above and to the right is Triangulum.
As the ecliptic crosses the southern part of this constellation you will often find planets in the area.
In this picture for example Saturn is visible as the bright object in the lower left.
The triangle galaxy, M33 is visible in Triangulum to the right. This is a large but faint galaxy in the local group of galaxies.
It is likely that the Golden Fleece existed.
Earlier in centuries past, remote mountain villagers, in the area around Georgia near the Black Sea, were observed using sheepskins to trap the fine gold particles in the rivers that flowed from the Caucasus Mountains.
The skins would then be dried and beaten or combed to collect their contents.Celestial Solar System › ZODIACS › Aries