Brightest Stars Visible From Chicago: #13

Pollux

Number 13 on our countdown is POLLUX, the brightest star in the constellation Gemini, the twins. Pollux and Castor are the two stars that represent the twins of Gemini; Pollux is the brighter of the two. Although they are most prominent in the winter sky, you can still see them setting in the west after sunset this month.

Pollux
Pollux is the brightest star of the constellation Gemini, the twins. This year, Jupiter visits the constellation.

Once it gets dark, look to the west. The first thing you will notice is Jupiter, currently the brightest planet in the evening sky. Just above Jupiter are the twins of Gemini; Pollux is the star on the left, and you should notice it is slightly brighter than Castor (but not nearly as bright as Jupiter). As we get further into spring, Jupiter, Pollux, and Castor will set earlier and earlier, so catch them all now while you can.

Next: Rival of Mars

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