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Virgo (abbr. Vir, gen. Virginis)





The Virgin; a very large constellation of the celestial equator and the sixth constellation of the zodiac. Virgo lies south of Coma Berenices and west of Libra, and is home to the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. See below for details of the constellation's brightest stars and interesting deep sky objects.


Virgo constellation
Virgo. © 2003 Torsten Bronger.
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Stars brighter than magnitude 4.0
Star Visual
mag.
Abs.
mag.
Spectral
type
Distance
(lt-yr)
R.A. (h m s) Dec. ( ° ' '' )
Alpha (Spica) 0.98v -3.55 B1III-IV+B2V 262 13 25 12 -11 09 41
Gamma (Porrima) 2.74 2.37 F0V+F0V 39 12 41 40 -01 26 57
Epsilon (Vindemiatrix) 2.85 0.37 G8IIIab 102 13 02 11 +10 57 33
Zeta (Heze) 3.38 1.62 A3V 73 13 34 42 -00 35 46
Delta (Mielauva) 3.39 -0.58 M3III 202 12 55 36 +03 23 51
Beta (Zavijava) 3.59 3.40 F8V 36 11 50 42 +01 45 53
109 3.73 0.75 A0V 129 14 46 15 +01 53 34
Mu (Rijlal Awwa) 3.87 2.51 F2III 61 14 43 04 -05 39 30
Eta (Zaniah) 3.89 -0.53 A2IV 250 12 19 54 -00 40 00


Other objects of interest
Name Type of Object Notes
S Vir star A long period variable of a vivid red color. Magnitude range 6th to 13th; period
377days
M49 (NGC 4472) galaxy A type E3 elliptical. Magnitude 8.4; diameter 8.9' × 7.4'; R.A. 12h 29.8m, Dec. +08° 00'
M58 (NGC 4579) galaxy A type SB spiral. Magnitude 9.8; diameter 5.4' × 4.4'; R.A. 12h 37.7m, Dec. +11° 49'
M59 (NGC 4621) galaxy A type E3 elliptical. Magnitude 9.8; diameter 5.1' × 3.4'; R.A. 12h 42.0m, Dec. +11° 39'
M60 (NGC 4649) galaxy A type E1 elliptical. Magnitude 8.8; diameter 7.2' × 6.2'; R.A. 12h 43.7m, Dec. +11° 33'
M61 (NGC 4303) galaxy A type Sc spiral. Magnitude 9.7; diameter 6.0' × 5.5'; R.A. 12h 21.9m, Dec. +04° 28'
M84 (NGC 4374) galaxy A type E1 elliptical. Magnitude 9.3; diameter 5.0' × 4.4'; R.A. 12h 25.1m, Dec. +12° 53'
M86 (NGC 4406) galaxy A type E3 elliptical. Magnitude 9.2; diameter 7.4' × 5.5'; R.A. 12h 26.2m, Dec. +12° 57'
M87 (NGC 4486) galaxy See separate entry
M89 (NGC 4552) galaxy A type E0 elliptical. Magnitude 9.8; diameter 9.5' × 4.7'; R.A. 12h 35.7m, Dec. +12° 33'
M90 (NGC 4569) galaxy A type Sb spiral. Magnitude 9.5; diameter 9.5' × 4.7'; R.A. 12h 36.8m, Dec. +13° 10'
Sombrero Galaxy galaxy M104 (NGC 4594). See separate entry


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