The Twinning of the Stars

Denise Weaver Ross

Albuquerque, United States

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based on original
Mixed media on paper
26 H x 40 W inches
© Denise Weaver Ross, 2014

INTRODUCING The Twinning of the Stars
Layer One – The background is a portion of the Egyptian relief, a star map, from the Dendar temple. This portion shows Sirius and Orion sailing across the sky at Dendar temple. It turns out that Sirius (the Dog star) – the brightest star in the galaxy — has a fainter “twin” called Sirius B (also known as the Pup). A pair of twin stars has been found in the Orion Nebula as well.

Layer Two – Then came the image of Castor and Pollux from ancient Greek pottery. It turns out that Gemini is full of multiples. For example, Castor is a sextuple star system, Pollux has an exosolar planet revolving around it as do two of the other stars in the constellation. There are also three double stars and four binary stars in the constellation as well.

Layer Three – Layer three is based on a modern star map of the portion of the night sky that includes Gemini, Sirius, and Orion

Layer Four – In the center you can see the image of a binary system where two white dwarf stars orbit an unseen common mass. On the opposing corners are the 2s.

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