Pollux, brightest star in the constellation Gemini ; Bayer designation Beta Geminorum; 1992 position R.A. 7 h44.8 m, Dec. +28°03′. An orange giant of spectral class K0 III, it is the nearest giant star, lying at a distance of 35 light-years. Its apparent magnitude of 1.13 makes it one of the 20 brightest stars in the sky. Pollux is the brighter of the Twins, Castor appearing about half as bright.
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