Spica

By: Kenzie Rhodes

Spica

Spica is 220 light-years away from Earth.

It is blue-white in color.

It's mass is 10.71.

Spica's luminosity is 12,100.

The temperature of Spica is 22,400.

It is the 15th brightest star in the sky and one of the nearest stars to the sun.

Spica is latin for "The Ear of Wheat"

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Nebula

Every star starts their life as a nebula. Stars are born in a region of high density (nebula), and condenses into a huge ball of gas and dust.
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Protostar

After its first stage of being a nebula, it becomes a protostar! A protostar is a region of condensing matter that begins to heat up and start to glow. If a protostar contains enough matter the central temperature reaches 15 million degrees centigrade.
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Main Sequence Star

The next stage in a stars life is becoming a main sequence star. The star begins to realease energy, which stops it form contracting even more and causes it to shine. It is now a main sequence star. The stars shine steadily until the hydrogen has fused to form helium (it takes billions of years in a small star, but only millions in a massive star.
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Red Supergiant Star

A Red Supergiant is an extremely large red giant star with a minimum of 15 solar masses. The best known red supergiant is Betelgeuse. When a supergiant collapses into a supernova, it may result in either a neutron star or a black hole.
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Supernova

Supernovas are exploding stars. The core collapses in less than a second, causing an explosion. The actual supernova shines brighter than the entire galaxy for a short amount of time.
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Black Hole

If the core is much greater than 3 solar masses, the core contracts to a becomes a black hole. A black hole is one of the strangest objects in space. It is an area in space where gravity is so strong that even light cannot escape from it!
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Virgo (the diamond of Virgo)

Spica is a part of the constellation Virgo. Spica is the brightest star in the constellation.