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The AARO Logo: An Armillary

Just what is an armillary?

The armillary has been used since the Middle Ages as both a practical tool for locating the planets and as a symbol of discovery, study, teaching and learning.

By finding their bearings using the movable rings of an armillary, people were able to explore the universe and to better understand planetary movement and eclipses. This graceful tool helped its users see the world in three dimensions.

The armillary captures the essence of AARO perfectly. Our region contains many spheres of influence, communities and jurisdictions. The armillary symbolizes our attempts to keep our vision on the far horizon, not the immediate future. It also embodies AARO’s efforts to find our way, working together, to solutions to our region’s thorniest problems.