This week and especially today the nation recalls the twenty-six killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Others were also killed that day in Newtown, nearby and abroad.
Among the warriors, wild animals and deities of the classical constellations, Virgo is distinguished by her fertile innocence. Even as late as John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Virgo was understood to have twenty-six stars which rose over the season for sewing the ground.
We now know the Virgo Constellation encompasses billions and billions of stars in a dense cluster of galaxies.
Above is a photograph of the night sky including the Virgo Constellation by David Malin.