Virgo

The Virgin

GenitiveVirginis
AbbreviationVir
Right Ascension11h35 to 15h08
Declination+14° 36' to -22° 12'
Area (sq deg)1,294
Brightest StarSpica
Optimum VisibilityApril/May
Map of Virgo

The second largest constellation in the night sky, falling short of the record-holder, Hydra, by less than nine square degrees. In the direction of Virgo lies the Virgo Cluster of galaxies, a rich field of galaxies some sixty million light years beyond our own.

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