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Zodiac: Gemini
May 22 - Jun 21
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Virgo (Virgin)

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).
Neighboring constellations are Leo, Crater, Corvus, Hydra, Libra, Serpens, Bootes, and Coma Berenices.
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Latin name:  Virgo (Vir)
English name:  Virgin
Abbreviation:  Vir
Zodiac:  August 23 - September 23
Brightest star:  Spica (α Virginis)

Virgo is the second largest constellation in the sky. Only Hydra is larger. 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.
M87 (NGC 4486, Virgo A)
M87 (NGC 4486) is a well-known elliptical galaxy in the Virgo Cluster. Photographs taken with large telescopes show a jet of matter emerging from the center of M87.
Image credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).
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M58 (NGC 4579)
M58 (NGC 4579) is a spiral galaxy in the Virgo Cluster.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Kennicutt (U. of Ariz./Inst. of Astr., U. of Cambridge) and the SINGS Team
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M104 (NGC 4594, Sombrero Galaxy)
a spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgin
Image credit: NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)
License: creative commons (cc) Attribution 3.0 Unported

M84 (NGC 4374)
a elliptic galaxy in the constellation Virgin
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
License: creative commons (cc) Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States

M61 (NGC 4303)
a spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgin
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
License: creative commons (cc) Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States

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