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Waxing crescent moon near Gemini stars on April 17

The above sky chart shows the wide waxing crescent moon on April 17, 2013, near the bright stars Castors and Pollux in the constellation Gemini – and also the star Procyon in Canis Minor the Lesser Dog. Castor and Pollux, the beacon lights of the constellation Gemini the Twins, are sometimes called ‘twin’ stars – allthough the kinship of these stars is more imaginary than real. Why twins then? These shimmering luminaries are named in honor of mythological twin brothers, Castor and Pollux.

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