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Virgo
Constellation
Abbreviation Vir
Genitive Virginis
Pronunciation
genitive
Symbolism the Virgin
Right ascension 13
Declination −4
Quadrant SQ3
Area 1294 sq. deg. (2nd)
Main stars 9, 15
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
96
Stars with planets 29
Stars brighter than 3.00m 3
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 10
Brightest star Spica (α Vir) (0.98m)
Nearest star Ross 128
(10.94 ly, 3.35 pc)
Messier objects 11
Meteor showers Virginids
Mu Virginids
Bordering
constellations
Boötes
Coma Berenices
Leo
Crater
Corvus
Hydra
Libra
Serpens Caput
Visible at latitudes between +80° and −80°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of May.
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Virgo constellation

Virgo is a zodiac constellation which lies on the celestial equator. It is between Leo (at west) and Libra (at east).This constellation is large; the constellation is the second biggest constellation you can see on the sky. Legends say Virgo is Astraea.

What you can see there

Virgo's most briliant and important star is Spica (α Virginis). This star helps to see Virgo. Other important stars are Zavijava (β Virginis), Porrima (ν Virginis) or Auva, also called Minelava.

Deep-sky notable objects

Because there is a galaxy cluster (the Virgo cluster) within its borders, this constellation is especially rich in galaxies.

  • Messier 87, one of the biggest elliptical galaxies discovered, with a supermassive black hole, the first black hole imaged.
  • Messier 49, The brightest galaxy in the Virgo Cluster
  • NGC 4526, with NGC 4984. They are lenticular galaxies .
  • Eliptical galaxies M59 and M60. M60 has a partner to the north (NGC 4647).
  • Quasar 3C 273, very difficult to see.
  • IC 1101, one of the largest galaxies known.


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