The bright star Spica culminates tonight. The brightest star in the constellation of Virgo (the Virgin) it can easily be found by drawing a curved line through the tail of Ursa Major (the Great Bear) and then following that line through Arcturus (in Boötes) and then further down to Spica. A close binary pair of giant stars, they shine with a combined light of magnitude 1.04, making Spica the 15th brightest star in the sky. It is approximately 260 light years away. (See March 7th for more information on the constellation Ursa Major.)
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Map courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
The bright star Spica culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 1.0. Naked eye, Virgo, all night. See image above.)
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