Visible 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