Daily cosmobite: Spica

9_Artists impression of Spica_4shared_Manuel Perez de Lema LopezVisible in the eastern sky in the early evening, this is the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo. Spica is at a distance of 250 light years and consists of a pair of hot, massive stars whirling around each other every four days. As the two stars are so close, they distort each other into football-like shapes.

Artist’s conception of the two components of Spica. Courtesy of Manuel Perez de Lema Lopez


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