Discovering the star Spica during last night's Lunar Eclipse (4/14/14)

Moon-and-Mars

 

Yes I know Mars was the bright light to the upper right (about 1:00 to the Moon's position) ...  But what was the bright bluish star to the lower right?  I saw it in other's friends photos, too, so I know it was not a defect in my camera.

I Googled "star to the right of moon during eclipse" and learned it is the blue giant double star Spica in the constellation Virgo ...

Thanks to Google and Madam Luna, I learned something new.  Pleased to meet you, Spica.

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/total-lunar-eclipse-mars-close-approach-tonight-1.2607233

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/04/14/griffith-observatory-to-stay-open-late-for-blood-moon-eclipse/

http://earthsky.org/brightest-stars/speed-on-to-spica-the-15th-brightest-star

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spica