Virgo is the second largest constellation in the sky. It is often linked to Astraea, the roman goddess of justice.
This constellation belongs to the zodiac. Its time of the year is between August 23 and September 23.
This constellation does not belong to the zodiac.
It's brightest star is Spica (α Virginis).
August 23 - September 23
Spica (α Virginis)
Virgo is the second largest constellation in the sky.
According to one common interpretation it symbolizes
Astraea, the roman goddess of justice, holding up the
scales of justice (Libra
which is a neighboring constellation). Other interpretations
see the greek goddes of grain and fertility. Astraea is
then often depicted with a grain spike, symbolized
by the star Spica
Spica is the brightest star in the constellation, and it
is the 15th brightest star in the night sky. Its distance
from earth is about 260 light years. It is a variable star
that slightly changes its brightness with a period of 4 days.
Virgo contains a large galaxy cluster: the Virgo Cluster.
The Virgo Cluster is at a distance of about 59 million light years
from earth, and it contains at least 1300 galaxies. Several dozen
of these galaxies can be seen in a telescope with an aperture of
6 inches or more.
Objects in Virgin
A selection of interesting objects visible with a telescope.