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12/30/2013 – Ephemeris – The tale of Gemini the twins

December 30, 2013

Ephemeris for Monday, December 30th.  The sun will rise at 8:19.  It’ll be up for 8 hours and 52 minutes, setting at 5:11.   The moon, 2 days before new, will rise at 7:09 tomorrow morning.

The constellation Gemini, the Twins is visible in the east at 9 p.m. with the bright planet Jupiter interloping against its stars. The namesake stars of the two lads, will be on the left end of the constellation, nearly vertically aligned.  Castor is on top, while Pollux, a slightly brighter star is on the bottom.  Lines of stars from Castor and Pollux to the right delineate the lads.  In Greek mythology Castor and Pollux were twins, and half brothers, Castor was fathered by a mere mortal, while Pollux was fathered by Zeus in the famous Leda and the swan affair.  The brothers, however were inseparable, and when Castor was killed during the quest for the Golden Fleece, Pollux pleaded with Zeus to let him die also.  Zeus placed them together in the sky forever.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Gemini and Jupiter

Gemini with Jupiter and Orion near by at 9 p.m. on December 30, 2013. Created using Stellarium.

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