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53 Virginis

Altitude: 21.0°   Azimuth: 195.9°   Direction: South-South-West

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

53 Virginis visual magnitude is 5.04. Because of its reltive faintness, 53 Virginis should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 53 Virginis:


53 Virginis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 21.0°
Azimuth: 195.9°
Direction: South-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 53 Virginis

53 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 53 Virginis are provided in the following table:

13h 12m 03s
-16° 11’ 54”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 53 Virginis in the sky:

Finder chart 53 Virginis star
Simplified finder chart for 53 Virginis.

Visibility of 53 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 53 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: 106.2°
Max altitude: 22.3°
Azimuth: 253.8°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 53 Virginis

The image below is a photograph of 53 Virginis from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins). The proper motion of 53 Virginis is 0.098 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.286 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 53 Virginis star
DSS2 image of 53 Virginis. The red arrow shows the motion of 53 Virginis during the next 1000 years (1.63 arcmin in Right Ascension and -4.77 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 53 Virginis from the Sun and relative movement

53 Virginis is distant 106.12 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 14 kilometers per second.

32.55 pc
106.12 ly
-14 km/s
0.098 arcsec/year
-0.286 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 53 Virginis

53 Virginis belongs to spectral class F5 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 53 Virginis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 53 Virginis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

53 Virginis star system properties

53 Virginis is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 53 Virginis double sysyem:

235 arcsec

Alternative designations of 53 Virginis

53 Virginis