spica, however, is a star of the first magnitude, and lies a little east of the place of the Autumnal equinox.
The brightest star in this region of the sky is spica, in Virgo.
She answered while still keeping her eyes absently on spica's white effulgence.
Its center lies about 50 south of spica in Virgo and below the tail of Hydra.
In the southeast you will recognize the quadrilateral of Corvus, with the remarkably white star spica glittering east of it.
When it is at 3 it is at lower culmination, and the star spica is on the meridian.
These constellations contain the following stars of the first magnitude—Aldebaran, Antares, and spica.
But she is supposed to be a winged goddess who holds up in her right hand an ear of wheat, and that is what spica means.
How much brighter is an ordinary first-magnitude star, such as Aldebaran or spica, than a star just visible to the naked eye?
This star will be conspicuous in the evening hours throughout the summer months, as will also the less brilliant spica in Virgo.