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Ara is a small constellation the lies south of the tail of Scorpius. In that location, Ara is not completely visible from the united States. Several of the brightest stars are visible near the horizon during early summer nights. Ara was seen as the altar and the Milky Way, which rises through Ara, was seen as the smoke or incense burning upon the altar. Ara is associated with the constellations Centaurus and Lupus where the centaur is bringing the beast, bound to a pole, for sacrifice. The altar was also said to be a brazier, hearth or censer and was often associated with Dionysis.