Stunning stellar nursery in the constellation of Gemini

Stunning stellar nursery in the constellation of Gemini Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features a stellar nursery known as AFGL 5180, which is located in the constellation of Gemini. 

In the center of this star-forming region, a massive star is forming. According to the ESA, the developing star is blasting cavities through the clouds with a pair of powerful jets, extending to the top right and bottom left of the photograph. The constellation of Gemini is associated with the Greek mythological characters Castor and Pollux. They were twin brothers born of the same mother but different fathers. The King of Sparta was the father of Castor but the Greek God Zeus was the father of Pollux. In the story their mother, the Queen of Sparta, was ravished by Zeus whilst.

Stunning stellar nursery in the constellation of Gemini The image of the strikingly beautiful stellar nursery was captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Gemini is one of the constellations of the zodiac and is located in the northern celestial hemisphere. It was one of the 48 constellations described by the 2nd century AD astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations today. Its name is Latin for twins, and it is associated with the twins Castor and Pollux in Greek mythology. Its symbol is ♊︎.

  • Finding Gemini Constellation. Look for Gemini in the sky near the constellations Orion (which has …
  • The Story of Gemini. The mythology of the ancient Greeks and the Babylonians concerned a pair of …
  • The Stars of Constellation Gemini. Gemini constellation is dominated by the bright stars Castor.

Image Credit: ESA 

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

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