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GEMINI THE TWINS. Zodiac Building, Bucharest. And an astropoem: Two beautiful stars / and the Geminid meteor shower / which annually announces that / Castor and Pollux / have remained Olympic champions / in the heavens. (Image & poem: Andrei Dorian Gheorghe) Mona Evans, "Gemini - the Celestial Twins" www.bellaonline.c...

Gemini. You can see why Gemini is sometimes described as "over Orion's left shoulder." This map shows Castor and Pollux, Mekbuda, NGC 2392 and M35, among other features of Gemini. Mona Evans, "Gemini - the Celestial Twins" www.bellaonline.c...

The constellation Gemini the Twins represents the brothers, Castor and Pollux, in an embrace. (Created with Stellarium) Mona Evans, "Gemini - the Celestial Twins" www.bellaonline.c...

The Big Dipper is part of Ursa Major, the celestial Great Bear. Ursa Major is a constellation. The Big Dipper (the Plough in Britain) is an asterism. (Image via storybookipedia) Mona Evans, "Asterism or Constellation?" www.bellaonline.c...

Constellation Lyra. (credit: Urania's Mirror) This is the harp of the legendary Orpheus whose music charmed even wild beasts. Mona Evans, "Lyra the Heavenly Harp" www.bellaonline.c...

Lyra. The constellation represents the harp of Orpheus whose sweet music music charmed even the lord of the Underworld Hades. Vega is one of the brightest stars in the sky. Mona Evans, "Lyra the Heavenly Harp" www.bellaonline.c...

Constellations of the northern hemisphere August sky. The stars are connected in their traditional patterns and the dotted lines show the IAU boundaries for each one. (Credit: Astro Bob) Mona Evans, "Constellation or Asterism?" www.bellaonline.c...

Monoceros and Canis Minor. Urania's Mirror, based on Alexander Jamieson's Celestial Atlas. (Credit: Ian Ridpath) Mona Evans "Monoceros the Unicorn" www.bellaonline.c...

Monoceros. You can see the location of this constellation. No stars are shown on the map, because it has none brighter than fourth magnitude. (Credit: Heavens-above) Mona Evans "Monoceros the Unicorn" www.bellaonline.c...

Belt of Orion. The three bright blue stars, diagonally from the upper left, are Mintaka, Alnilam and Alnitak. Near Alnitak you can also pick out the Flame Nebula and the Horsehead Nebula. (Credit & copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo) Mona Evans, "Orion the Hunter" www.bellaonline.c...

The constellation Orion photographed from orbit. [Credit: Karen Nyberg (NASA)] Wow! This is an unusual view of Orion. Mona Evans, "Orion the Hunter" www.bellaonline.c...

Centuarus and Crux. Both constellations are prominent in the center of the lower half of this image. Bright stars Alpha and Beta Centauri lead the eye towards the Southern Cross. (Photo: Christopher J Picking) Mona Evans, "Centaurus the Centaur" www.bellaonline.c...

Centaurus. A large, bright southern hemisphere constellations. Its two brightest stars, Rigil Kent and Hadar, are pointer stars for the Southern Cross (Crux). Mona Evans, "Centaurus the Centaur" www.bellaonline.c...

Perseus Cluster of Galaxies. [Credit & Copyright: Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CFHT) & Giovanni Anselmi (Coelum Astronomia), Hawaiian Starlight] There is a foreground of faint Milky Way stars, but each of the fuzzy blobs is a galaxy in the Perseus Cluster. The dominant galaxy NGC 1275 is near the center, some 250 million LY away. It's the large galaxy on the image left. It contains an active massive black hole. Mona Evans, "Perseus the Hero" www.bellaonline.c...

NGC 1333. [Credit: R. A. Gutermuth (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA) et al. JPL-Caltech, NASA] A complex false-color image taken in infrared by the Spitzer Space Telescope. There is the typical blue of a reflection nebula seen in visible light. But elsewhere the dust itself glows - it's shown in red. Young stars hidden in the dust also show up. The greenish bits are jets from young stellar objects hitting cold cloud material. Mona Evans, "Perseus", www.bellaonline.c...

Little Dumbbell Nebula (M76) in the constellation Perseus. It's a planetary nebula formed from the outer layers of a dying star. The two lobes around the central area make it look a bit like an exercise dumbbell. (Photo: Robert J. Vanderbei, Princeton) Mona Evans, "Perseus", www.bellaonline.c...

California Nebula (NGC 1499). (Credit: Caltech, Palomar Observatory Digitized Sky Survey, Courtesy Scott Kardel) An emission nebula about 100 LY long in the constellation Perseus. The bluish star Xi Persei, just to the right, is most likely providing the energy to make it glow. Mona Evans, "Perseus", www.bellaonline.c...

Perseus constellation map. (Credit & Copyright: Torsten Bronger) The yellow dashed lines are constellation boundaries, the red dashed line is the ecliptic, and the shades of blue show Milky Way areas of different brightness. The map contains all Messier objects, except for colliding ones. Mona Evans, "Perseus", www.bellaonline.c...

NGC 457, an open cluster in Cassiopeia. It's known as the Owl Cluster, or the E.T. Cluster, because it seems to have two bright eyes. (Image Credit & Copyright: Ole Nielsen) Mona Evans, "Cassiopeia the Queen", www.bellaonline.c...

Cassiopeia. As depicted in early 19th century in Urania's Mirror. Being upside down doesn't seem to interfere with her fussing with her hair. (Credit: Ian Ridpath) Mona Evans, "Cassiopeia the Queen", www.bellaonline.c...

Cassiopeia, the area defined by the International Astronomical Union. Mona Evans, "Cassiopeia the Queen", www.bellaonline.c...

Harpa Georgii. A constellation invented by Maximilian Hell, director of the Vienna Observatory. It was to honor William Herschel's discovery of a new planet and his patron King George III of England. Johann Bode included it in his star atlas Uranographia in 1801, but the constellation fell out of use. Mona Evans, "Cosmic 4th of July", www.bellaonline.c...

Psalterium Georgiam. Constellation invented by astronomer Maximilian Hell to honor King George III and discoverer of Uranus William Herschel. Herschel himself had named the planet Georgium Sidus after his patron. The constellation is no longer in use and the stars have been returned to nearby Eridanus. Mona Evans, "Cosmic 4th of July", www.bellaonline.c...

Aries and the obsolete constellation Musca Borealis (the northern fly). The four stars of the fly are now part of Aries. There is still a southern constellation named Musca, formerly Musca Australis. Mona Evans, "Creepy Crawlies in Space", www.bellaonline.c...

Scorpius & scorpion. The constellation has been known as a scorpion since Babylonian times. You can probably see why. Mona Evans, "Creepy Crawlies in Space", www.bellaonline.c...