Epoch J2000.0 Equinox J2000.0
|Right ascension||7h 25m 43.6s|
|Declination||27° 47' 53"|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||3.78|
|Distance||120 to 126 ly
(26.9 to 38.7 pc)
In Chinese, 五諸侯 (Wu Zhū Hóu), meaning Five Feudal Kings, refers to an asterism consisting of ι Geminorum, θ Geminorum, τ Geminorum, υ Geminorum and φ Geminorum. Consequently, ι Geminorum itself is known as 五諸侯三 (Wu Zhū Hóu sān, English: the Third Star of Five Feudal Kings.).
In certain tribes along the shores of the Arabian sea that speak languages influenced heavily by Mesopotamia, Iota Geminorum appears in oral traditions as Saritcha. It symbolizes companionship, clearly influenced by either Greek or Babylonian mythology. In one of the Lurs epic, the princess promises her beloved eternal love and companionship under Saritcha's watchful and approving gaze.
Notes and references
- "HD 58207 -- Variable Star". SIMBAD Astronomical Database. Retrieved 2006-12-09.