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Virgo – The Virgin

Virgo is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Virgo is one of the 17 constellations that represents a mythological character.

Symbolism: Virgo is also known as ‘The Virgin’

 

 

History & Mythology

Virgo has been known by many different cultures and represents many different things for these cultures throughout history. In Greek mythology, Virgo means many different things. One story goes that the virgin represents Demeter, the corn goddess holding an ear of grain marked by the star, Spica. Virgo is the largest constellation in the Zodiac, and is the 2nd largest in the whole of the celestial sphere, which is the entire night sky. Virgo has the brightest Quasar and has a number of clusters of galaxies closest to Earth.  

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Virgo is bordered by constellations Serpens, Bootes, Libra, Coma Berenices, Hydra, Leo, Corvus & Crater.

Sky Chart #: 5.

Star Raking: 2nd largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Virgo consists of 15 main stars.

Brightest Star: Spica.

 

Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Virgo has 29 stars with planets.

# 2. M87 galaxy in Virgo has over 3 trillion stars.

# 3. Spica is the brightest stars in Virgo.

 

Q&A Corner

Q. What is Virgo known as?

Q. How many main stars does Virgo have?

Q. What are the brightest stars in Virgo?

Q. How many stars have planets in Virgo?

Q. What number star ranking is Virgo in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Virgo Constellation here: Virgo Constellation (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more info on the Virgo Constellation visit www.kids.kiddle.com/Virgo

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.

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