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.
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
- Messier 87, one of the biggest eliptic galaxies discovered, with a supermassive black hole
- 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
Images for kids
NGC 4981 was discovered on 17 April 1784 by William Herschel.
Virgo (constellation) Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.