|Visible in Latitudes:||80° thru -80°|
|Best Seen In:||May, 9:00 pm|
|Transit Date:||April 13|
|Right Ascension:||13.21 hours|
|Area:||1294.428 sq. degrees|
Virgo, the Virgin, probably originated when the Sun was in Virgo during the spring equinox, the time of the Egyptian harvest. She is usually drawn holding a palm branch and an ear of wheat. To the Babylonians, she was the goddess Istar, Queen of the stars, and the lover of the god of corn, Tammuz. Tammuz was cut down in his prime in the autumn, and so Virgo travels the underworld to bring him back. While Virgo is in the underworld, winter reigns, when she returns with him in the spring, the season renews.
|Rijl al Awwa||Mu Vir|