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Virgo

Quick Facts

Name:Virgo
VURR-go
Meaning:Virgin
Abbreviation:Vir
Genitive:Virginis
Visible in Latitudes:80° thru -80°
Viewing Season:Spring
Best Seen In:May, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:April 13
Right Ascension:13.21 hours
Declination:-3.7 degrees
Area:1294.428 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Virgo

About Virgo

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.

Named Stars

 
NameStar
SpicaAlpha Vir
ZavijahBeta Vir
PorrimaGamma Vir
AuvaDelta Vir
VindemiatrixEpsilon Vir
HezeZeta Vir
ZaniahEta Vir
SyrmaIota Vir
Rijl al AwwaMu Vir

Messier Objects

 
NameType
M49Elliptical Galaxy
M58Spiral Galaxy
M59Elliptical Galaxy
M60Elliptical Galaxy
M61Spiral Galaxy
M84Elliptical Galaxy
M86Elliptical Galaxy
M87Elliptical Galaxy
M89Elliptical Galaxy
M90Spiral Galaxy
M104Spiral Galaxy

Neighboring Constellations

BoötesLeo
Coma BerenicesLibra
CraterSerpens
Hydra
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