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north SunriseRise: 6:52  
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54 Virginis

Altitude: 9.4°   Azimuth: 222.9°   Direction: South-West

54 Virginis is a double giant star in the constellation of Virgo.

54 Virginis visual magnitude is 6.28. Because of its reltive faintness, 54 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 54 Virginis:


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

Altitude: 9.4°
Azimuth: 222.9°
Direction: South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 54 Virginis

54 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 54 Virginis are provided in the following table:

13h 13m 26s
-18° 49’ 36”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 54 Virginis in the sky:

Finder chart 54 Virginis star
Simplified finder chart for 54 Virginis.

Visibility of 54 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 54 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: 108.8°
Max altitude: 19.7°
Azimuth: 251.2°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 54 Virginis

The image below is a photograph of 54 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 54 Virginis is -0.02 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.017 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 54 Virginis star
DSS2 image of 54 Virginis. The red arrow shows the motion of 54 Virginis during the next 10000 years (-3.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.83 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 54 Virginis from the Sun and relative movement

54 Virginis is distant 1,293.65 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 41 kilometers per second.

396.83 pc
1,293.65 ly
-41 km/s
-0.02 arcsec/year
-0.017 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 54 Virginis

54 Virginis belongs to spectral class B9 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 54 Virginis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 54 Virginis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

54 Virginis star system properties

54 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 54 Virginis double sysyem:

5.4 arcsec

Alternative designations of 54 Virginis

54 Virginis