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Spica

What's in a Name: Latin for "ear of wheat"
Claim to Fame: Represents the ear of wheat in the Maiden's hand. Brightest star in Virgo.
Type of Star: Actually two stars orbiting each other very closely.
How Far Away: 260 light years away
How Bright: About 100 times brighter than the Sun
Where to View: In the constellation Virgo the Maiden.
When to View:April through July

Last modified February 16, 2006 by Travis Metcalfe.

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