Stargazing 101: Virgo The Maiden

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Stargazing 101: Virgo the Maiden

My mother was a Virgo so, of course, this was her favorite constellation story to tell us. This set of stars has many stellar objects that can be found in the cluster.

The Mythology
The Virgo constellation is homage to Demeter, goddess of harvest and fertility. She controlled all the crops in the world and was very generous to often give the people a healthy harvest. Persephone, Demeter’s daughter, was out in a beautiful field one day gathering flowers that her mother had grown for her. Hades spotted her and a lust burned inside him so strong that he kidnapped her, fearing that he wouldn’t be able to live without her. He took her down into the underworld and planned to make her his bride. Demeter was devastated
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