Virgo (constellation) facts for kids
|Area||1294 sq. deg. (2nd)|
|Main stars||9, 15|
|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)
|Visible at latitudes between +80° and −80°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of May.
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
Deep-sky notable objects
- 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.
Images for kids
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