Gemini (18 mm focal length; Roll over image for labels)   HOME INDEX BACK NEXT


Gemini, the twins, is a prominent constellation in the winter sky. It features the two first-magnitude stars Castor and Pollux. The Milky Way passes through Gemini, and it is rich in stars and open clusters. The brightest cluster in the constellation is Messier 35, which can be found quite easily just off the foot of the western twin. This wide-field view also shows parts of several other constellations--Auriga, Taurus, Orion, and Canis Minor. To the far left is Messier 44, the Beehive Cluster in Cancer. The brightest object in this image is Mars, just to the right (west) of the Beehive.

Image details:  13 images, each 90 seconds at ISO 1600, taken with a Canon 400D camera at a focal length of 18 mm.

February 2010