01/11/2016 – Ephemeris – Gemini, the half-brothers that are twins
Ephemeris for Monday, January 11th. The Sun will rise at 8:18. It’ll be up for 9 hours and 4 minutes, setting at 5:22. The Moon, 2 days past new, will set at 7:36 this evening.
Before the Moon brightens the evening sky, lets look at another of the winter constellations. The constellation Gemini, the Twins is visible high in the east-southeast, above and left of Orion the hunter at 9 p.m. The namesake stars of the two lads, will be at the left end of Gemini, vertically aligned. Castor is on top, while Pollux is below. From them come two lines of stars extending toward Orion that outline the two. In Greek mythology the lads were half brothers, Castor was fathered by a mere mortal, while Pollux was fathered by Zeus in the famous Leda and the swan affair, but were born together. When Castor was killed during the quest for the Golden Fleece, Pollux pleaded with Zeus to let him die also, so both appear together in the sky forever.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.