Dad-stronomy 101: Pollux

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 … Continue reading Dad-stronomy 101: Pollux

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Dad-stronomy 101: Aldebaran

ALDEBARAN Location: Taurus Constellation Classification: K5 III star (orange giant star) Distance: ~65 light-years Alternate Names: Alpha Tauri, "the fiery eye of the Bull" Apparent Magnitude: 1.0 Meaning of Name: Arabic for "the Follower" Fun Facts: the brightest object in the constellation Taurus the helium core has ignited a shell of hydrogen outside the core, making it a red … Continue reading Dad-stronomy 101: Aldebaran