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SunsetSet: 17:34
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46 Virginis

Altitude: -35.6°   Azimuth: 321.5°   Direction: North-West

46 Virginis is a variable and multiple giant star in the constellation of Virgo.

46 Virginis visual magnitude is 5.99. Because of its reltive faintness, 46 Virginis should be visible only from locations with dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of 46 Virginis is -0.025 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.05 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 46 Virginis star
DSS2 image of 46 Virginis. The red arrow shows the motion of 46 Virginis during the next 10000 years (-4.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and 8.33 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 46 Virginis


46 Virginis is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -35.6°
Azimuth: 321.5°
Direction: North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 46 Virginis

46 Virginis is situated close to the celestial equator, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 46 Virginis are provided in the following table:

13h 00m 35s
-03° 22’ 06”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 46 Virginis in the sky:

Finder chart 46 Virginis star
Simplified finder chart for 46 Virginis.

Visibility of 46 Virginis from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's 46 Virginis rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 93.4°
Max altitude: 35.2°
Azimuth: 266.6°

Distance of 46 Virginis from the Sun and relative movement

46 Virginis is distant 344.24 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 23 kilometers per second.

105.60 pc
344.24 ly
23 km/s
-0.025 arcsec/year
0.05 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 46 Virginis

46 Virginis belongs to spectral class K2 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 46 Virginis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 46 Virginis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

46 Virginis star system properties

46 Virginis is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 46 Virginis double sysyem:

1.1 arcsec

Alternative designations of 46 Virginis

46 Virginis