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May 2013 Night Sky Wonders

2 May 2013, 11:04 UTC
May 2013 Night Sky Wonders
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If you find yourself in the great outdoors any evening during May and it’s a cloudless night, turning your eyes towards the heavens could be an unusually interesting way for you to spend a few minutes.
We’ll start by looking southwards. So once again look about 90 degrees to the right of where the Sun rises in the morning and you’ll be facing in the correct direction. Almost straight ahead of you and fairly low in the sky will be the constellation, Virgo. She represents the goddess of corn and agriculture and so is often depicted holding an ear of wheat in her hand. Spica, the brightest star in the constellation and one of the brightest in the sky at this time of year is Latin for “ear”, and during this month, it marks the point in the pattern closest to the horizon. Effectively an irregular-shaped torso sprouting four wavering limbs, when completed by your imagination this ‘dot-to-dot’ picture will reveal the maiden lying on her side, head on the right, feet on the left. Another interesting little fact is that out of all the constellations of the Zodiac, Virgo is the one containing the most exoplanets. These are planets ...

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