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Alpha Virginis A/B
Location o Spica
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Location o Spica (circled) in the constellation Virgo
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Virgo
Pronunciation /ˈspkə/
Richt ascension 13h 25m 11.5793s[1]
Declination −11° 09′ 40.759″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) +1.04
Spectral type B1 III-IV/B2 V[2]
U−B colour index −0.94[3]
B−V colour index −0.24[3]
Variable teep β Cep,
Rotatin ellipsoid
Radial velocity (Rv)+1.0[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: −42.50[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −31.73[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)12.44 ± 0.86[1] mas
Distance260 ± 20 ly
(80 ± 6 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)−3.55 (−3.5/−1.5)[5]
Period (P)4.0145898 d
Eccentricity (e)0.067 ± 0.014
Inclination (i)54 ± 6°
Periastron epoch (T)2440678.09
Argument o periastron (ω)
140 ± 10°
Mass10.25 ± 0.68[6] M
Radius7.40 ± 0.57[6] R
Luminosity12,100[7] L
Surface gravity (log g)3.7 ± 0.1[5] cgs
Temperatur22,400[5] K
Rotational velocity (v sin i)199 ± 5[6] km/s
Mass6.97 ± 0.4[6] M
Radius3.64 ± 0.28[6] R
Luminosity1,500[7] L
Temperatur18,500[7] K
Rotational velocity (v sin i)87 ± 6[6] km/s
Ither designations
Spica, Azimech, 角宿一, Spica Virginis, Alaraph, Dana, α Virginis, 67 Virginis, HR 5056, BD -10°3672, HD 116658, GCTP 18144, FK5 498, CCDM 13252-1109, SAO 157923, HIP 65474.[8]

Spica (α Vir, α Virginis, Alpha Virginis, pronoonced /ˈspaɪkə/) is the brichtest starn in the constellation Virgo, an the 15t brightest starn in the nicht sky. It is a blue giant an a variable starn o the Beta Cephei type locatit 260 licht years frae Yird.

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  4. Wilson, Ralph Elmer (1953). General Catalogue of Stellar Radial Velocities. Washington: Carnegie Institution of Washington. Bibcode:1953QB901.W495.....
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Herbison-Evans, D.; Hanbury Brown, R.; Davis, J.; Allen, L. R.; Hanbury Brown; Davis; Allen (1971). "A study of alpha Virginis with an intensity interferometer". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 151: 161−176. Bibcode:1971MNRAS.151..161H.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors leet (link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Harrington, David; Koenigsberger, Gloria; Moreno, Edmundo; Kuhn, Jeffrey (2009). "Line-profile Variability from Tidal Flows in Alpha Virginis (Spica)". The Astrophysical Journal. 704 (1): 813–830. arXiv:0908.3336. Bibcode:2009ApJ...704..813H. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/704/1/813. Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors leet (link)
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  8. "V* alf Vir -- Variable Star of beta Cep type". SIMBAD. Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2010-04-13.