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Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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22Gemini, The Twins

NAME: Gemini (GEM-ih-nye)

SEASON: Winter

CULMINATION: midnight, 4 January

ABBREVIATION: Gem

GENITIVE: Geminorum (GEM-ih-NOR-um)

NEIGHBORS: Aur, CMi, Cnc, Lyn, Mon, Ori, Tau

BINOCULAR OBJECTS: NGC 2168 (M 35)

URBAN OBJECTS: NGC 2168 (M 35), NGC 2392

Gemini is a mid-size, prominent mid-northerly constellation, ranking 30th in size among the 88 constellations. It covers 514 square degrees of the celestial sphere, or about 1.2%.

Gemini is an ancient constellation that has always been associated with twins. In the most popular Greek myth, Gemini represents the twins Castor and Polydeuces (AKA Pollux) who, with their sister Helen (later of Troy), emerged from an egg laid by the human woman Leda, Queen of Sparta, after her dalliance ...

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