The Gemini Constellations Twins Castor And Pollux One A God One A Mortal

According to Greek mythology, the mother of the Gemini constellation was named Leda. Zeus, the Roman equivalent of Jupiter, conceived Pollux by seducing Leda while in the guise of a swan. After then, Pollux had the same immortality as his father.
Castor, on the other hand, belonged to the mortal realm. His biological father was Tyndareus, who had sexual contact with Leda on the same night.

It is said that Leda gave birth to four babies at once. Pollux and Helen, better known as Helen of Troy, were Zeus’ children; Castor and Clytemnestra were Tyndareus’ mortal children. Castor and Clytemnestra were the parents of Helen.

Castor was a skilled equestrian. Boxing was Pollux’s chosen sport. They participated in Jason’s search for the Golden Fleece by sailing aboard the Argo while he was on his journey.

Castor was knocked out by Idas during their fight, and Pollux was so distraught by Castor’s death that he begged Zeus to let him perish as well.

After being moved by his son’s commitment, Zeus decided to honour both of them by placing them in the heavens as the constellation Gemini.

The Gemini constellations can be found directly above and to the left of the Orion constellation. Castor and Pollux are the two stars that represent the heads of the twins that make up the zodiac constellation. Pollux shines with a more brilliant brightness than Castor.

Pollux is a solitary, orange-yellow star, whereas Castor is actually composed of six stars in three pairs. Pollux is the brighter of the two.

A star cluster known as M35 can be seen in the vicinity of Castor’s foot. The dim and far-off star cluster NGC 2158 can be found to the southwest of M35. Left of Pollux is where you’ll find NGC 2392, often known as the Clown Face Nebula. It has a bluish-green coloration.

Viewing The Gemini Constellations

Right Ascension: 7 hours

Declination: 20 degrees

Visible between latitudes 90 and -60 degrees

Best seen in February (at 9:00 PM)

Some stars in the constellation are: CASTOR (Alpha Gem) POLLUX (Beta Gem) ALHENA (Gamma Gem)

Telescope Viewing

When using a tiny telescope, it can be challenging to disentangle the primary pair of Castor A and B. To resolve them with a smaller telescope, you need to have good optics, a high power, clear skies, and patience.
When viewed with binoculars, Messier 35 seems to be a fuzzy patch; however, it may be resolved very well using an astronomy telescope.

NGC 2158 is a compact star cluster that is located approximately 16,000 light years away. It is so far away that it cannot be resolved by a telescope with a diameter of 6 inches.

Clyde Tombaugh made the discovery of the minor planet Pluto in the constellation Gemini in the year 1930. Gemini is also the name of the constellation.

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