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March 15, 2014

Southern Cross Stargazer for March 16-22, 2014

The Lenten moon is full at 1:08 p.m. and rises in the east at dusk. By nightfall golden Jupiter glows in Gemini overhead. The Gemini Twins Castor and Pollux lie left of Jupiter. Castor (top twin), 52 light years distant, has a multiple star system — its own companion star plus two other stellar partners spinning around one another. Pollux, 34 light years distant (lower, larger twin) is a red giant star that has burned up most of its energy and is slowly expanding. The dim Beehive star cluster, in Cancer, Crab, shimmers below the Twins.

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