The Altar

Abbreviation: Ara
Genitive: Arae
Origin: [antiquity]

The constellation of Ara

This commemorates the altar before which the Greek gods made their alliances before declaring war on and ultimately defeating the Titans. It is one of the 48 Ptolemaic constellations.

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
μ Ara Cervantes This star is known to have at least four exoplanets.
HD 156411 Inquill This seventh-magnitude star is known to have at least one exoplanet.
C81 Optical aids are required to spot this globular cluster.
C82 This open cluster is visible to the naked eye.
C86 This is one of the brightest globular clusters in the sky on account of it also being one of the nearest.