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Ack, I always think this is on the right side of Gemini because I think "Castor and Pollux", but it is on the left side. Hard to imagine a planet twice as far out as Earth as being too hot for life now, but it is. I have to wonder though, how long ago would the planet have been in the habitable zone? Its current age is hardly enough time for Earth life to develop, so probably not long enough for anything to take root.
Obviously this is named after Pollux, one of the twins. It was discovered by an american who works in a German observatory.
In Greek Mythology Pollux (Polydeuces in the original Greek) had a son named Mnesileüs. We believe it is pronounced Nes-sil-e-yous. Please note the original myth also has an additional spelling, but we think this version is marginally easier to pronounce. This generational type of naming has a long tradition in our own Solar System i.e. Uranus begat Saturn who begat Jupiter who then fathered Mars and Mercury. - This information comes from "The Meridian Handbook of Classical Mythology" 1970 This one passes the test.
- Lucius - Lucius Caecilius Q. F. Q. N. Metellus Diadematus was the council that build the Castor & Pollux Temple. - To celebrate the construction of the temple in Italy
- Leda - In Greek mythology, the father of the twins Pollux and Castor is said to be either Zeus or Tyndareus (the king of Sparta) depending on which version you go by. But all versions have Leda as their mother, so it is fitting that the celestial version of Pollux is accompanied by his beautiful mother Leda in an everlasting celestial orbit.
I'd love this, but there's already an asteroid with this name. Maybe it could be modified slightly?
Pollux System Web PagesEdit
- Extrasolar Visions
- Sol Station
Pollux System In the NewsEdit
Planet b Suspected(2003)Edit
Planet b Confirmed (2006)Edit
Planet around Pollux -- confirmed! - Extrasolar Visions Thread
Gamma Cephei Ab - inferred 20 years before?? - Extrasolar Visions Thread