A constellation is a group of celestial bodies, which appears to form a pattern in the sky. They are the stars that form the pattern generally in the sky. It is an internationally defined area of the celestial sphere. Historically, constellations were used to denote a pattern formed by prominent stars evidently in close proximity to one another. Gemini, the Twins, is one among the 12 zodiac constellations which is quite simple to track. The two stars Castor and Pollux were referred to as the sons of Leda and Zeus. Pollux is the brighter among the two stars. It is a yellow-orange giant star with the magnitude of 1.15. Castor, on other hand, is a hot white star system that consists of 4 members with a magnitude of 1.58. This article provides you with few more interesting and amazing astrological facts about the constellation Gemini.
Astrological Facts About Gemini Constellation
Symbolic Image: Twins
Symbolic Significance: The heavenly twins take on the general significance of all symbolic twins.
Period: May 22 to June 23
Archetype: Storyteller, messenger
Ruling house: Third
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Favorable Colors: Green
Lucky Gem: Agate
Cosmic Strengths: They are adaptable and very versatile. They are highly intellectual with good communicative skills, spontaneous, youthful, and talkative.
Cosmic Weaknesses: They are changeable, inconsistent, restless, inquisitive, sometimes cunning and secretly nervous.
Brighter Stars Of Gemini Constellation: β Gem (Pollux) - magnitude: 1.16, α Gem (Castor) - magnitude: 1.58, Gamma (Alhena) - magnitude: 1.93, Mu (Tejat Posterior) - magnitude: 2.87
Interesting Information About Constellation Gemini
- The exact origin of the symbol is not quite clear. The two stars Castor and Pollux are said to represent two stick figures and symbolize the number II in Roman numerical. This is the star symbol for twin God. In China, the twin stars resemble the dual forces of nature, ‘the Yin and the Yang’.
- The two prominent objects of the Gemini constellation that can be seen at night are NGC 2392 and M35. The M35 is a cluster of 200 stars.
- The Pollux, that has the magnitude of 1.15, is a giant star, yellow-orange in color.
- The alignment of Gemini constellation can be seen as two lines descending from Castor and Pollux, the bright stars.
- There is a myth that connects the twins to cattle theft. This is because the position of one of the twins is in the Milky Way and the other one is outside the Milky Way, which created the picture resembling that of cattle theft. The Milky Way in mythology was referred to as a herd of cattle.
- The twin stars Castor and Pollux, which are collectively called Dioscuri, were the offspring of Leda with different fathers. This made Castor mortal, while Pollux remained immortal. Zeus/Jupiter placed the image of the two brothers who lived as one among the stars as the constellation of Gemini, ‘The Twins’. The twins are referred to as ‘A pair of Peacocks’ in Arabian mythology, while the Egyptians call the twins as a pair of ‘Young Goats’.
- February is the time when the Gemini constellation reaches its highest point in the sky.
- The fact that Castor is a visual binary was discovered in the year 1678.
- Gliese 251 is the nearest star to the constellation. It is at a distance of 17.99 light years.
- The phenomenon called precision of equinoxes has resulted in the summer solstice lying in the Gemini constellation.
- The Castor star consists of four members or components and is of the magnitude 1.58.
- One can observe the radiation of meteor shower from Gemini constellation in the 2nd week of December every year. The meteor shower is called as Geminids.