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Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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49Virgo, The Virgin

NAME: Virgo (VUR-goh)

SEASON: Spring

CULMINATION: midnight, 12 April

ABBREVIATION: Vir

GENITIVE: Virginis (vur-GIN-is)

NEIGHBORS: Boo, Com, Crt, Crv, Hya, Leo, Lib, Ser

BINOCULAR OBJECTS: NGC 4303 (M 61), NGC 4374 (M 84), NGC 4406 (M 86), NGC 4472 (M 49), NGC 4486 (M 87), NGC 4552 (M 89), NGC 4569 (M 90), NGC 4579 (M 58), NGC 4594 (M 104), NGC 4621 (M 59), NGC 4649 (M 60)

URBAN OBJECTS: NGC 4374 (M 84), NGC 4406 (M 86), NGC 4486 (M 87), NGC 4594 (M 104)

Virgo is a large, bright equatorial constellation that ranks 2nd in size among the 88 constellations. Virgo covers 1,294 square degrees of the celestial sphere, or about 3.1%.

Virgo is an ancient constellation, one of Ptolemy’s original 48. Virgo is probably the subject of ...

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