Most people recognize Gemini as two brilliant stars, Castor and Pollux, also known as the Gemini twins. These two celebrities aren't actually twins. Pollux's hue is brighter and more golden. Castor is a little paler and whiter. They're both class M stars that are relatively close to Earth, at least compared to most other stars. They're both located in the constellation Gemini, which means "two-handled cup" or "pair of birds."
Castor and Pollux have been famous since ancient times. Their story is told by Homer in the 8th century B.C. During one of Zeus' marriages, he made Pollux his own son from a wedlock with Leda. But he replaced him with another boy when he married Hera. So Pollux has half Hera's blood and half Zeus' blood. On the other hand, Castor is said to be Zeus' child with Leda. He's called "the fairest of all gods" because he was loved by everyone. His mother named him after Castor, a Greek hero. You may have heard of Castor. He was one of Odysseus' men on the ship Ithaca.
Both boys were raised by Leda's family after their parents got divorced. They became friends and followed same career paths as far as heroes are concerned.
The twins' heads are represented by the two brightest stars in the constellation, which is also named after Greek mythology's Castor and Pollux, while their bodies are outlined by fainter stars. The constellation Gemini is the radiant point for the Geminid meteor shower, which occurs every year around mid-December. It is also the home galaxy cluster of an estimated 2% of the entire population of star systems in the universe.
Gemini is one of the constellations from where night sky observers can see a good portion of the Milky Way Galaxy. From within Earth's atmosphere, objects that are brighter than sixth magnitude appear as a white patch on a dark background, making them easy to spot with the unaided eye. Objects beyond sixth magnitude require a telescope to be seen clearly enough to study.
The constellation Gemini is located in the center of the celestial sphere, between Cassiopeia to the west and Cancer to the east. It is surrounded by four other constellations: Lyra to the north, Arietis to the south, Cepheus to the west, and Perseus to the east.
In English language countries, it is customary to refer to people who are born on January 1st as "born on New Year's Day".
The Gemini constellation is made up of two twins: Castor and Pollux. When Castor was murdered in battle, Pollux begged Zeus to resurrect him. Zeus promised to make Castor and Pollux immortal if they spent half their time on Earth and the other half among the stars in the skies.
Gemini is said to be the 12th sign of the zodiac. It is composed of two people who are exactly opposite one another. One is a cuspal genius and the other is a pragmatic realist. Together, they make up an integral part of any dynamic partnership.
Castor was loved by his brother and sister too. They all died in a house fire when Castor was only three years old. His parents died when he was eleven years old. He had no children of his own but he saved Metion from drowning when she was just a little girl. She later became his wife. Castor was also very protective of Helen, who wasn't even his type of woman. He convinced her to leave her husband Creon and come live with him. They had many good years together until his death.
Pollux was always known for his great strength and warlike nature. He was said to have killed several men in combat with nothing more than a look. After Castor's murder, Pollux decided to become a warrior too. He was given eternal life by Zeus after killing himself by falling off a cliff.