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OBSERVER: Ola Karlsson
COMPOSER: Ola Karlsson
DATE: 3 April 2014
POSITION: AZ: 180 00 00 ALT: 25 00 00
EXPOSURE TIME: 6x15s, combined
Virgo is one of the zodiac constellations, located on the celestial equator. In greek mythology the constellation has been associated with a goddess. Virgo is at it highest point during winter mornings or spring nights. Virgo is a rich galaxy area, two of them M60, M104, and M49 can bee seen as very faint spots. Two asteroids can also be seen in this image, (1) Ceres, and (4) Vesta. Go to the star (93Vir) in the upper knee. Follow the white line to the right to a fairly bright star just below the line. There is an equally bright spot up to the right at a distance compatible to that just traveled. This spot is Vesta. With the same distance, but from 93Vir towards not quite 12 O'clock Ceres is visible as a fainter dot. The planet Mars is visible as well as the bright spot in the middle of the image, a few days before opposition. The autumn equinox is currently located in Virgo. The image is affected by clouds.

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