The constellation Gemini has two very bright stars called Castor and Pollux which, as it turns out, are the names of each twin the constellation represents. They are known as the Sons of Zeus because of the unusual circumstances of their birth.Continue reading
The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 08:19 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Snow Moon because the heaviest snows usually fell during this time of the year. Since hunting is difficult, this moon has also been known by some tribes as the Hunger Moon, since the harsh weather made hunting difficult.
Like Canis Major, Canis Minor is often regarded as one of the hunting hounds of Orion. They appear to follow him across the sky as the Earth turns. However, Canis Minor actually represents Maera, a dog of Icarius, the famed wine maker.Continue reading
There are two prominent, winter hunting hounds you can find in your sky. The greater of the two is known as Canis Major, the great dog. It’s a common misconception that both Canis Major and Canis Minor are two hunting hounds of Orion the hunter. But actually, the origins of these two dogs are a little different than what you’d think.Continue reading
With every myth there’s a degree of variation in how the stories are told. With Orion the Hunter, there is no exception.Continue reading