NASA Night Sky Notes Monthly Article

NASA Night Sky Notes Monthly Article

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illustration of part of the sky as seen in May evenings, with the asterism of the Big Dipper and constellations Bootes and Virgo featured, along with two arrows showing the path from the arc of the Big Dipper's handle to the star Arcturus, and then a straight line from Arcturus to the star Spica. An area near the top of Virgo is circled and labeled as the Virgo Cluster.
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May 2021 Edition

Virgo's Galactic Harvest
Updated April 20, 2021
 
Virgo is prominently featured in the skies of early May, and is host to a plethora of galaxies. Learn a great trick for spotting Spica, dive into the Virgo Cluster of galaxies, and find a fun cosmic distance scale activity, in this edition of NASA's Night Sky Notes!

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This article is distributed by the NASA Night Sky Network, a coalition of hundreds of astronomy clubs across the US dedicated to astronomy outreach. Visit nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov to find local clubs, events, stargazing info and more.

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