Dad-stronomy 101: Pollux


Location: Gemini Constellation

Classification: Giant Star

Distance: ~34 light-years

Alternate Names: Beta Geminorum

Apparent Magnitude: 1.1

Meaning of Name: refers specifically to the twins of Roman and Greek mythology

Fun Facts:

  • the brightest star in the constellation Gemini
  • 17th-brightest star in the night sky
  • in 2006, it was confirmed that Pollux has an extrasolar planet, Pullux b, orbiting it
  • Pollux b is 2.3 times more massive as Jupiter

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