n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Sky delights : two of a kind

Volume 73, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



Twins of any kind are always fascinating, and a twin constellation is no exception. Not that it's in any way comparable with twins as we know them on earth. These heavenly twins are not identical, but do share some of the most splendid deep-sky objects. When the constellation makes its appearance in the east, we see the twins comfortably standing on their heads, somewhat low against the northern horizon as seen from the southern hemisphere. Writing about the Gemini constellation is one big joy ride through space, as it is extremely rich in a variety of exceptional deep-sky objects, although it is a pity that some are on the fainter side.

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