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June 2013 Program and Meeting

The June 2013 BAS Program and Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 13 at the Clarence Jones Observatory.  Please join us for what promises to be a terrific program beginning at 7:00 pm!

Refreshments and Fellowship:  6:30 - 7:00

Program:  7:00 - 8:00   ***Everyone Welcome!!***

Business Meeting:  8:00 - 9:00

Directions to Jones Observatory

Program:

BAS Member Tom Sajwaj

"Gemini: A Plethora of Twins"


The brightest stars in the constellation of Gemini are the stars Castor and Pollux, known as the Gemini twins and also as the Dioscuri. The Greek and Roman mythologies surrounding them, though, are much more complicated, and include up to three more sets of twins.

In our modern times, the science of astronomy has looked closely at the stars Castor and Pollux. There it has found  additional twins, more specifically gravitationally bound double stars.

This presentation looks at the curious coincidence between the ancient mythologies of the Dioscuri and the contemporary science of the stars Castor and Pollux, especially Castor.

The Program will be followed by the June BAS Business Meeting from 8:00-9:00 pm.  Agenda items include open Committee Chairs and June outreach events.

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