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Ara the Altar
 
 

Abbreviation : Ara
Genitive case : Arae
Brightest Star : b Arae

 
Ara depicts a burning altar, such as was used in ancient times to make sacrifices to the gods upon.  In classical times it was associated with Lupus the Wolf as the altar that Centaurus is sacrificing Lupus upon.  Lupus and Ara once shared boundaries but have since been divided by the placement of Norma the Level between them.  Ara is easily located to the south of the sting of Scorpius.  Although the brightest star in the constellation is given as beta (b) Arae at mag. 2.9 and most of the other stars are around 3rd to 4th mag this symmetrical constellation is easy to see in moderately dark skies. 


An excerpt from Johan van Keulen's Boeck zee-kaardt, 1709.
Ara lies to the south of the Scorpion's sting.

This article is ©2002 Stargazers Astronomy

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