from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A spectroscopic binary star, 245 light-years from Earth, one of the brightest stars in the sky and the brightest star in the constellation Virgo.
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- proper n. A binary star in the constellation Virgo; alpha (α) Virginis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of bandage passing, by successive turns and crosses, from an extremity to the trunk; -- so called from its resemblance to a spike of a barley.
- n. A star of the first magnitude situated in the constellation Virgo.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a spike.
- n. In surgery, a spiral bandage with reversed turns: so named because it was thought to resemble a spike of barley.
- n. In ornithology, a spur; a calcar.
- n. In astronomy, a very white star of magnitude 1.2, the sixteenth in order of brightness in the heavens, a Virginis, situated on the left hand of the Virgin.
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- n. the brightest star in Virgo
While To Terra … looks backwards — everyone wants to return to their home planet because of history — Twin Spica looks forward, towards exploring the stars.
Twin Spica, which originally began serialization in 2001, is the story of Asumi, a plucky young girl who wants to make it into space school so she can become an astronaut.
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It’s up to nine volumes so far, and it sounds like it would be a great companion read for Kou Yaginuma’s Twin Spica, due in May from Vertical.
I’m going to be reading Saturn Apartments and Twin Spica later this week as well.)
Two new sci-fi licenses, Kou Yaginuma’s Twin Spica and Nobuaki Tadano’s Needles are similarly intriguing (if not in novelty).
The constellation of Virgo is principally characterised by the first magnitude star called Spica, or a Virginis.
It is only slightly brighter than Spica, which is slightly to its southeast.
Images: Samsung i5700 Galaxy Lite aka Spica press shots are here
A further concept known as Spica (a contribution to a Japanese-led infrared telescope that builds on Europe's heritage with its Herschel observatory) is relatively low budget, and again has compelling science.