Talk:Gemini (constellation)

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Gemini is a dying constellation... what should we do to help??? You can't help a star from dying out. Kom op get ahold of yourself

The role of the constellation in different stargazing cultures?[edit]

It should be developed an overview of the role of different constellations in the different civilizations. In regard of Mythology, Astrology/Astronomy, Cosmogenesis/Cosmology, Perspectives on Time/Horoscopy and Medicine. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Xact (talkcontribs) 22:53, 22 January 2008 (UTC)


But sometimes the truth hurts.

Kaster star[edit]

Caster in the gemini constilation i think is spelled Kaster kaster is the son of arkantos atlantean hero who died while stopping kronos (Atlantean god of the underworld and father of zeus, posiden, and hades and other gods. He swallowed his children because of the fear they might overthrow him but Rhea managed to recue one child zeus when zeus reached maturity he overthrew kronos and disloged all his siblings. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 00:58, August 21, 2007 (UTC)

No. That guy (and Arkantos) are only in Age of Mythology, not from any real myth. The Zeus stuff is an actual myth, though. Vultur (talk) 00:45, 12 February 2008 (UTC)


It says it's pronounced /ˈgɛmɪnaɪ/ but I've never heard anyone say it with a hard g like that. Shouldn't it be /'dʒɛmɪnaɪ/ ? (talk) 17:13, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

Second brightest star[edit]

Is it possible to say for certain which star is the second brightest in the constellation? This article says it's Castor, and the Castor article does likewise, while the γ article says that the foot is brighter. γ seems to have the numbers on its side (1.93 vs 1.96), but I don't know how exact they are. (talk) 07:38, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

The combined magnitude of Castor's components is 1.58, making it brighter than gamma Gem. AstroLynx (talk) 09:02, 2 August 2011 (UTC)
Ah, of course, I don't know why I missed that. That complicates the matter somewhat, as both can be said to be the second brightest star, depending on what is meant by "star". But at least I have my explanation now, thanks. (talk) 09:10, 2 August 2011 (UTC)


I noticed that this article talks only about the thinking in the western world. Asian cultures and civilizations, especially Indian and Vedic system also has zodiacs. These are called raa'si and there are twelve of them. The name used in Sanskrit corresponding to Gemini is "mithunam" . This word literally means "couple" as in husband-and-wife. The twelve raa'si s cycle through every month and are closely associated with naks.atra's (27 in number) in every lunar month. The Sanskrit word "naks.atra" typically is translated into English as "star". I doubt if both the western usage of the word "star" and the Vedic usage of the Sanskrit word "naks.atra" refer to the same thing. That is, ancient Indian sages could not be blind enough not to notice the thousands and millions of bright dots in the night sky. please note that in the Indian system also, Sun enters one of the twelve zodiacs in successive months in the same sequence, but on the 14th or 15th of the Julian calendar months. To summarize, both Sun and Moon are associated with the zodiacs and in the same order. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:18, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

Perhaps a more knowledgeable person can add some authoritative notes explaining the Vedic point of view. Till then may be the original authors can add a sentence or two saying that there is an Indian Vedic way of looking at this zodiac (and of course, all the other 11 zodiacs as well - Taurus etc.) (talk) 23:29, 2 June 2014 (UTC)Satyanarayana

No!! Is Gemini! Megacahyanikai (talk) 23:29, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

File:Sidney Hall - Urania's Mirror - Gemini.jpg to appear as POTD soon[edit]

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Gemini (constellation)
Gemini is one of the 88 modern constellations and one of the 12 constellations of the zodiac. Its name is Latin for "twins," and it is associated with the twins Castor and Pollux in Greek mythology. It contains 85 stars visible to the naked eye, with the brightest being Pollux and Castor.

Gemini is shown here as depicted in Urania's Mirror, a set of constellation cards published in London in about 1825.Illustration: Sidney Hall; restoration: Adam Cuerden