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Daily cosmobite: Spica

Artist’s conception of the two components of Spica. Courtesy of 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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