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  • Large constellation crossed by the ecliptic and spread across the celestial equator. Noted objects within Virgo include the bright star Spica, Alpha Virginis, Virgo A, a radio source identified with the elliptical galaxy M87, and the massive Virgo cluster, consisting of thousands of galaxies of many kinds at a distance of about 20 million parsecs from Earth. Members of the cluster are also found beyond the boundaries of the constellation.