Various facts on the constellation Aries shows in modern astronomy, Aries assumes a far greater importance than its brightness usually suggest.
In early Greek astronomy, it contained the cardinal point known as the vernal equinox.
Described as the point at which the Sun crosses the celestial equator from north to south.
Actually, for about 2,000 years ago the vernal equinox was located at the beginning of Aries and was thus also called the “first point of Aries”.
Aries constellation lay on the sun’s apparent path through the heavens between Taurus and Pisces.
As of year 2009, the Sun appears in the constellation Aries from April 19 to May 13. In tropical astrology, the Sun is considered to be in the sign Aries from March 21 to April 20, and in sidereal astrology, from April 15 to May 15.
Greek astronomers visualized Aries as a ram lying down with its head turned to the right.
The stars of the constellation can be connected in an alternative way, which graphically shows the ram running (or jumping).
In this alternative view, the ram's head consists of the stars α Ari, λ Ari, and β Ari: α Ari being of the second magnitude and β Ari of the third magnitude.
The ram's body consists of the stars α Ari, η Ari, ε Ari, 41 Ari, and 35 Ari: ε Ari and 41 Ari being of the fourth magnitude. The ram's tail consists of the stars 35 Ari, 41 Ari, and 39 Ari. The star γ Ari, of fourth magnitude, represents the ram's front foot, and the star δ Ari, also of fourth magnitude, represents the ram's hind foot.
Other few deep sky objects found in Aries include the galaxies NGC 697 (northwest of β Ari), NGC 772 (southeast of β Ari), NGC 972 (in the constellation's northern corner), and NGC 1156 (northwest of δ Ari).
Various facts of the constellation Aries was also contained in bygone age documentaries. The Egyptians associated Aries with Amon-Re, the ram-headed supreme Sun God that symbolized power and fertility. The Mesopotamians' name for the constellation meant a military leader or prince.