Hamal

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Hamal

(ham -ăl) (α Ari) An orange giant that is the brightest star in the constellation Aries. mv : 2.00; Mv : 0.1; spectral type: K2 IIIab; distance: 24 pc.

Hamal

[hə′mäl]
(astronomy)
A second-magnitude star in the constellation Aries; the star α Ari.
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The little pattern of Aries, the Ram, has an orange 2nd-magnitude star, Hamal (Alpha Arietis).
On August 13, 1596, he noticed a "new" star in the neck of Cetus brighter than Alpha Arietis (which is magnitude 2.0).
The brightest on record is that of November 1779, when William Herschel found that Mira "excelled Alpha Arietis so far as almost to rival Aldebaran [magnitude 0.9]; and continued in that state a full month." Maxima observed since 1920 by members of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) have ranged from 2.4 to 4.9.