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The star Pollux also known as Beta Geminorum or Hercules is 337 03 light years away from the Earth It is the closest giant star to the Earth This star positioned on the head of the Southern Twin the mortal twin Castor Pollux is the brightest star in the constellation Gemini Castor the other Gemini star The northernmost of the zodical constellations Gemini is also among the brightest helped by first magnitude Pollux and second magnitude Castor The name Pollux is Latin meaning immortal twin Both together were called the heavenly twins In fact Pollux and Castor are nothing like twins Castor a white quadruple star with fairly hot components and Pollux an orange-colored cool giant the nice pairing with Castor making Polluxs color brighter According to Greek mythology their mother was Leda Pollux was the result of the famous Leda and the Swan affair when Zeus the Roman Jupiter disguised as a swan seduced Leda Pollux is immortal like his father Castor on the other hand was mortal Though some authors say Zeus was his father too others site Tyndareus who had relations with Leda the same night And rather than twins Leda bore quadruplets Pollux and Helen the famous Helen of Troy were fathered by Zeus while Castor and Clytemnestra were the mortal offspring of Tyndareus In Greek he was known as Polydeuces Pollux is an orange giant star having luminosity 30 times more than the sun It is the 16th brightiest star in the sky and is also 35 times bright than our sun It appears orange which means its cooler than the yellow Sun Thats because Pollux has expanded from its original size and when a gas expands it cools In theory the KO status of Pollux tells astronomers that it burns with a brilliant orange colour Pollux emits X-rays and seems to have a hot outer magnetically supports corona perhaps similar to that surrounding our Sun The surface temperature on
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