Gemini as depicted by Johann Bayer in his Uranometria (1603). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
|Gemini Constellation Profile
|Location: Northern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 514 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 30
|On Meridian: 9pm February 20th
||Best View (North): Winter
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Auriga, Taurus, Orion, Monoceros, Canis Minor, Cancer, Lynx
The Myth Behind the Constellation Gemini
Gemini represents the twins Polydeuces (Pollux in Latin) and Castor. Their mother was Leda, and Polydueces’ father was Zeus and Castor’s father was King Tyndareus. Because of his parentage, Polydeuces was immortal, while Castor was not.
The twins were inseparable and were involved in many adventures, including Jason’s quest for the Golden Fleece. In a fight over two women with another pair of twins, Castor was killed. Polydeuces, not wanting to be without Castor, asked to share his immortality with his brother. Zeus let the two stay together, spending part of their time on Olympus and part in Hades.
Gemini Constellation Points of Interest
|Interesting Objects in the Constellation Gemini
Bright Stars in Gemini
These are the stars in Gemini with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.