10 Interesting Facts About Spica "The Blue Giant Star"

Astronomy Science ~ Spica (α Vir, α Virginis, Alpha Virginis) is the brightest star in the Virgo constellation, and the 15th brightest sta...

Astronomy Science ~ Spica (α Vir, α Virginis, Alpha Virginis) is the brightest star in the Virgo constellation, and the 15th brightest star visible at night.

And following the star Spica 10 interesting facts:

1. Spica is 250 light years from Earth in the Virgo constellation.

2. Spica is a blue giant star and Beta Cephei type variable star.

3. This star is a double star (binary star system). The main star is classified as a giant star-type B1 III-IV. and the companion star is classified as a main sequence star with the type B2 V.

4. The Spica is a close binary star whose components orbit each other every four days. They were close enough that when viewed using a simple telescope, they are still seen as one star.

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5. The main star Spica has a mass about 10 times the mass of the Sun and its radius reaches 7 times larger than the sun. While the companion star has a mass about 7 times the mass of the Sun and a radius about 3.6 times larger than the sun.

6. Brightness of the main star reached 12,100 times brighter than the Sun, while its companion star has a brightness of 1,500 times brighter than the sun.

7. Spica is one of the hottest stars are visible in the night sky. The main star Spica has a temperature of about 22,400 K while the companion star has a temperature of 18,500 Kelvin.

8. The main star is one of the closest star to the Sun. enough mass to explode into a supernova of type II.

9. Spica comes from the Latin word meaning "ears", and the connotations generally refers to the "ear of wheat." This is because the constellation of Virgo itself is sometimes associated with the Greek goddess of the harvest, Ceres.

10. The other name of this star is Azimech, 角 宿 一, Spica Virginis, Alaraph, Dana, α Virginis, 67 Virginis, HR 5056, BD -10 ° 3672, HD 116 658, 18 144 GCTP, FK5 498, CCDM 13252-1109, SAO 157 923, 65 474 HIP.
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