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Who’s Virgo?

20 Apr 2014, 00:00 UTC
Who’s Virgo?
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Virgo is up all night in late April. She's not the only female in the zodiac, but she's the only one who is an entire constellation. Who is Virgo? It depends on whom you ask. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending April 26, 2014
Virgo is up all night in late April. She’s not the only female in the zodiac, but she’s the only one who is an entire constellation. The Pleiades and Hyades are star clusters representing females of legend in Taurus, but they aren’t considered constellations themselves. So Virgo has a distinction they don’t. Who is Virgo? It depends on whom you ask.

To the ancient Babylonians, she was the fertility goddess Ishtar.
The Egyptians called her Isis. To them, she was a goddess of nature.
Demeter to the Greeks and Ceres to the Romans, Virgo also represented a goddess of agriculture. In some stories, she was Demeter’s daughter Persephone.
Some Roman accounts attribute the stars of Virgo to Astraea, a goddess of justice. In ancient Greece, she was Dike. It’s appropriate that Libra, the scales often used to represent justice, is nearby.
Still other Roman stories refer to Virgo as a moon ...

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